Georgia Gwinnett College to host hybrid commencement ceremonies this week, will award posthumous degree

Pic of Commencement ceremony


Georgia Gwinnett College seniors will finally get their chance to take their well-earned walk across the stage as they receive their bachelor’s degrees in front of family, friends and classmates. More than 750 students will graduate at GGC’s hybrid spring commencement, scheduled for May 12 and 13. 

The hybrid celebration kicks off online at 7 p.m., May 12 with keynote addresses by GGC’s president, Dr. Jann L. Joseph, commencement student speaker, Yesmeen Jaser, biology, and Alumni Board chair, Sasha Ruiz, ’11, business. 

The celebration continues in person May 13 at the Infinite Energy Center, Duluth, with in-person ceremonies at 8:30 a.m., 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

The first two ceremonies will celebrate 2021 graduates, including criminal justice major La'Nece Strickland, who was recognized by the Georgia State Legislature as part of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ 2021 Academic Recognition Day. 

The 7:30 p.m. ceremony will honor GGC’s 2020 graduates. Among them is Alexander Elbaz, who will be posthumously awarded a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Elbaz, whose concentration was in accounting, died in February 2020. His diploma will be presented to his mother, Joy Crowe, who will walk in the ceremony on behalf of her son.

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