GGC holds its first summer commencement

For the first time, Georgia Gwinnett College graduated almost 80 students after its summer semester. The college’s first summer commencement ceremony was held this afternoon in the college’s Student Center. The class included the college’s first graduating scholar athlete, Alejandro Duque Garcia.

2013 GGC Summer Graduation

Faculty and students celebrate GGC’s first summer commencement, held Aug. 6 in the college’s Student Center. According to GGC tradition, graduates exit their commencement ceremony through a gauntlet of faculty, who cheer this final collegiate achievement. 

For the first time, Georgia Gwinnett College graduated almost 80 students after its summer semester. The college’s first summer commencement ceremony was held this afternoon in the college’s Student Center. The class included the college’s first graduating scholar athlete, Alejandro Duque Garcia.

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“As Georgia Gwinnett has grown, we have found that enough students complete their degrees during the summer semesters to warrant holding a summer commencement so they are able to enter the workforce,” said Dr. Lois Richardson, acting senior vice president for Academic and Student Affairs and provost.

This first summer graduating class of almost 80 students is almost as large as the college’s 2011 spring graduating class of 95 students, illustrating the significance of the number of summer graduates. GGC anticipates having summer commencements routinely in the future.

 

Photo gallery of first summer commencement

The Honorable Judy Jordan Johnson, mayor of the City of Lawrenceville, presented the ceremony’s keynote address, in which she encouraged the graduates to do and be “more,” with an emphasis on community service.

“Your job is not you,” Johnson said. “That’s just what you do to make a living.” Instead of introducing themselves according to their vocation, Johnson suggested, “Maybe what you should say is, ‘I’m a foster parent,’ or ‘I read to children at the library’ or ‘I’m a volunteer at hospice.’”

As of today, GGC has graduated about 1,300 students. The college is expecting more than 9,500 students when fall semester classes begin Aug. 19.

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