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Georgia College graduates its largest class

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May 05, 2012

Georgia College graduated 1,839 graduate and undergraduate students this weekend — the university’s largest graduating class in its 123-year history.

Interim President Dr. Stas Preczewski congratulated the 1,270 undergraduates celebrating their baccalaureate degrees Saturday morning on front campus among approximately 9,000 family members and friends.

Georgia’s first lady Sandra Deal, ’63, ’66, an alumna and former schoolteacher, encouraged the graduates to make a difference in the world.

“I’m so proud of all of you,” said Deal. “It was an honor to graduate from this institution nearly 50 years ago. I hope you appreciate the opportunities you have been given and use these experiences wisely. Georgia needs you.”

Evan Karanovich, Georgia College Student Government Association president, challenged his classmates to leave their mark as they venture into their communities, workplaces and the world.

“We’re leaving our mark together,” Karanovich said. “We’re leaving a lasting tribute through the opportunities taken and experiences gained while studying at Georgia College. These memories will continue to fill our hearts. Georgia College provided a journey that brought us all together.”

The undergraduate commencement followed Friday night’s graduate ceremony as 569 students earned their advanced degrees.

After a brief rain delay, the graduates filled the front lawn among their families and friends to reach this pinnacle in their education.

The deans hooded the last graduates as nightfall fell.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr., Chief of Air Force Reserve, Headquarters in Washington, D.C. and Commander, Air Force Reserve Command, Robins Air Force Base in Warner Robins, Ga., charged the graduates to lead future generations.

“We live in a global world where your expertise is needed to make an impact,” Stenner said. “You are today’s leaders, which requires patience and dedication. You have shown dedication and patience by earning your prestigious degrees.”

ABOUT GEORGIA COLLEGE: Georgia College, the state’s designated Public Liberal Arts University, combines the educational experience expected at esteemed private liberal arts colleges with the affordability of public higher education. Its four colleges – arts and sciences, business, education and health sciences – provide 6,600 undergraduate and graduate students with an exceptional learning environment that extends beyond the classroom, with hands-on involvement with faculty research, community service, study abroad and myriad internships.

Founded in 1889, Georgia College boasts one of the most beautiful campuses in the nation with Corinthian columns fronting red brick buildings and wide open green spaces. Georgia College also offers graduate education at the historic Jefferson building in downtown Macon, at Robins Air Force Base and online.

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