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Georgia College holds spring 2014 commencement ceremonies at Centennial Center

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May 07, 2014

In the interest of safety due to the threat of thunderstorms, which constitutes inclement weather, Georgia College will hold its spring commencement ceremonies at the Centennial Center.

Georgia College will recognize nearly 1,500 undergraduate and graduate students during these ceremonies.

Friday, May 9 at 6:45 p.m., 440 graduate students will receive their degrees in the Centennial Center. Candidates are requested to arrive at the Centennial Center no later than 6 p.m.

Chair of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents Philip Wilheit Sr. will serve as the keynote speaker.

The undergraduate commencement will be split into two ceremonies Saturday, May 10. The College of Education, the College of Business and the College of Health Sciences ceremony will begin at 10 a.m., with the processional beginning promptly at 9:45 a.m. Students should arrive no later than 8:45 a.m.  

The College of Arts & Sciences ceremony begins at 2 p.m., with the processional beginning promptly at 1:45 p.m. Students should arrive no later than 12:45 p.m. 

The Centennial Center parking lot will reopen at 12:30 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony, and Centennial Center building reopens at 1 p.m.

The keynote speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies will be Chris Clark, president and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.

All graduation candidates must enter Centennial Center through the lower level (south) entrance, and all guests enter through the main entrance doors (near the tennis courts).

More information on the spring 2014 commencement ceremonies can be found at or by clicking here.

Undergraduate student facts:

  • 11 students are from out-of-state from Florida (3), Michigan (2), Missouri, Virginia, Wisconsin, Indiana, Minnesota and Pennsylvania.
  • 13 international students from France (2), Mexico (2), Peru, China, Nepal, Russia, Zimbabwe, Belize, Canada, Slovakia and Germany.
  • 57 graduates were student athletes.
  • 10 completed the Honors Program. 
  • Graduate Matthew Hilliard is a triple major in chemistry, physics and mathematics. 
  • Mary Grace McRee clocked 2,614 hours of service through the GIVE Center during her four years at Georgia College.  
  • 28 students from the class of 2014 received the President’s Volunteer Award during their senior year for completing more than 100 volunteer hours.

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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