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  • Dr. Kaufman became charter president of the then-unnamed college in September 2005.
  • Georgia Gwinnett College opened its doors on August 18, 2006 to 118 students as the nation’s first four-year public college founded in the 21st century and the first four-year public institution created in Georgia in more than 100 years.
  • GGC’s students voted to name its Grizzly mascot “General” to honor Dr. Kaufman.
  • In 2008, GGC held its inaugural commencement ceremony, graduating 17 students.
  • In 2009, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Georgia Gwinnett its initial accreditation in record time. More than 3,000 students attended GGC.
  • In 2010, GGC celebrated the opening of its new Library and Learning Center and its first student residence halls, transforming the commuter college into a residential campus.
  • More than 5,300 students enrolled for the 2010 fall semester.
  • The Student Center and laboratory structure opened in 2011.
  • GGC enrolled 9,400 students in fall 2012.
  • In 2013, the College broke ground on its Allied Health and Sciences Building.
  • 2012-13 was the Grizzlies’ first season of official intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics. The varsity athletics facilities were completed.

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