GGC graduates more than 300, honors first commissioned officer
Gwinnett College conferred bachelor degrees onto more than 300 graduates at today’s 2014 spring commencement. More than 3,000 attended the ceremony, which was held on the college’s main lawn.
View a previously recorded video of the ceremony.
Karyn Greer, Emmy award-winning news anchor for the 11Alive Morning News, was the featured speaker. The college’s first commencement speaker to work at the ceremony, Greer conducted interviews with students and posted tweets and “selfies” to the Internet to document the experience.
During her comments, she shared a personal story about how highly her parents prioritized her education despite her mother suffering a serious injury while she was in college.
“You made today happen,” Greer said. “You should be proud.” Her positive, uplifting message encouraged graduates to hold onto their dreams and more importantly, never let anyone else define them, their success or happiness. She also advised them never to stop dreaming, and to hold onto their dreams.
“When you stop dreaming, you stop living,” she said. “Don’t put limits on your dreams. Don’t let anyone else dictate where you’re going.”
Greer had the students turn to each other and repeat the mantra, “You are a star; you are smart; you are tenacious; you are ambitious; you are remarkable.”
In closing, she assured the graduates of the value of their education.
“You are positioned for greatness,” Greer said. “Great things are in store for you and your lives.”
The event included special recognition of GGC’s first ROTC cadet to receive a commission in the U.S. Army. Dennis Crutcher, III, who received a bachelor’s degree in business administration today, was sworn in as a second lieutenant. He soon leaves for Fort Sill in Oklahoma to be trained as a field artillery officer.
This graduating class, GGC’s largest to date, brings the college’s total alumni to more than 1,800.