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elcome to the Spring 2018 Commencement ceremony for Georgia Gwinnett College. The GGC community extends warm greetings to parents, families and friends gathered to celebrate our graduates’ achievements and promising futures. Thirteen years ago, GGC was founded as a new, innovative model for changing the higher education landscape by challenging convention and doing that which is most effective. At GGC, student mentorship and engagement ensure that each student has every opportunity to succeed, and the dream of a higher education can be made possible for students who might not find success anywhere else. That’s game changing. Because of its unique approach, Georgia Gwinnett College is transforming lives, families and communities. While on campus, please talk to our faculty, staff and students and enjoy our facilities.


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G E O RGIA GWINNET T C O LLEGE CO MMENC EMENT THURSDAY | MAY 17, 2018 | 9 AM

Introductory Musical Selections Processional

National Anthem*

Posting of the Colors*

Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 Composed by Sir Edward Elgar Performed by the Amadeus String Quartet The Star-Spangled Banner Composed by Francis Scott Key Performed by Janae Gray GGC ROTC Color Guard

Welcome

Dr. Stanley C. “Stas’” Preczewski President

Greetings

Richard L.Tucker Regent, University System of Georgia

Graduate Reflections Introduction of Guest Speaker Conferring Title of President Emeritus

Sara Smith Dr. Stas’ Preczewski Richard L. Tucker and Dr. Stas’ Preczewski

Commencement Address

Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman President, Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce

Presentation of Gift

Eliman Marenah President, Student Government Association

Presentation of Degree Candidates

Dr. T.J. Arant Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost Dr. Tyler Yu Dean, School of Business Dr. Diane E. White Dean, School of Health Sciences Dr. Adolfo Santos Dean, School of Liberal Arts Dr. Cathy D. Moore Dean, School of Education Dr. Thomas G. Mundie Dean, School of Science and Technology

Conferral of Degrees Presentation of Diplomas U.S. Army ROTC Commissioning Georgia Gwinnett College Alma Mater* Recessional

Dr. Stas’ Preczewski Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman Major Antonio Pittman Performed by Janae Gray Triumphal March from Aida Composed by Giuseppe Verdi Performed by the Amadeus String Quartet *Audience is requested to stand. Persons with disabilities requiring assistance with seating, please see an usher.

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CA N DIDAT ES F O R GRADUAT IO N BACHELOR OF BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION SCHOOL OF BUSINESS MAJOR IN BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION Nicole Shonta Adams Medina Ajanovic l Sehrish Amanullah Christine Michelle Andersen Alec C. Angell Rebecca Lyn Arnold Nevia S. Ashby Michelle Lauren Askew Jamie Ashley Atkins John Ayarbah Susan Bahadur Prince James Bailey II James Dion Barnes V Zamielia Latchmin Bazbeg Isis Janet Blanding Jacob Kelly Bollinger Theodore Lee Braunius Christian Jacob Brown Keyondra D. E. Burton Maricela Cabrera Oneike Castello Kingston Hunter Fabarez Castillo Alicia Milagros Castro Torres Brianna Danielle Cato Leiah Jacqueline Clark Verone S. Clark Cecilia G. Cortes s Krista Rose Cox F Michael Degroff Andrea Geraldin Diaz Guzman Susan M. Dickson Abubakar Kassim Dimoso Brandi Michelle Doering Sejla Dzankovic l Gage Covington Eller s Bernadette Fernandes Chyanne Flournoy Rembert Cedric Fortson Jr. Riley Andrew Frady Juan Carlos Garcia Kelby Marie Gassert s Mayra Gomez Daniel Josiah Gongwer Aymet Gonzalez Keith Monted Green Walter Arno Gropp Jr.

Felipe Gutierrez Jr. Tanya Michelle Guven Cortland Henderson Hale Oanh Amy Han F Alexia Nicole Harris Russell Alexander Head Brandon Scott Hemphill Manuela Anabel Hernandez Joy D. Holt Tyler Louin Hooper Benjamin Jay Hudlow Ellis Husband Solontu Yan Irgengioro s Lisa Ishii Shantel L. Jackson Sheyla Dayaris Japa Mazara Samantha Leigh Jenkins Darius Taurean Johnson Rachel Denise Johnson Robyn Johnson Corbin Franklin Jones Jacqueline A. Jones Jennifer Juarez Elitsa Nedelcheva Karachobanova F Moustapha S. Keita Nathan Yoshi Kinjo Natalie Brooke Kirchner John Brandan Kittler Kevin Konfederak s Kurt Thomas Kromer Kyle Benjamin Kulasiewicz s Juan P. Lara s Marluth Lara Joya Maia Danielle Lofton Tanisha Celeste Lopez Caroline Mackenzie Love Crystal Thi Vo Lu Grayson Scott Maconochie Robert Brent Marquez F Jair Vladimir Martinez Alex Palathinkal Mathews Malcolm Jamal McCrae Pamela Ann McGinn Angela Rayanne Conner McNair Hiwot Mekonnen Taylor Anthony Miller F Dylan Everett Missel Robin Natashia Mize Khatab Dawelbait Mohamed Michelle Shaleeza Mohamed Natalia Montealegre Aaliyah Geyanna Muhammad l n

Sadaf Mujaddidi l Cameron Lee Mullis Austen Robert Nahass F Thanh Nguyen Victor Nguyen Brianna Lynn Nickerson Connor David O’Brien Steven Phillip O’Kelley Lukman Olateju John Thomas Owens Thierry Pagnier F Edmond Park Karrie Elizabeth Parkin F Khusbu Patel Gilberto Perez Jeannette Perez Hernandez F ReJon Macon Peters Phuong-Loan Pham Dayana Yoselyn Pineda Martinez F Daniel A. Ponce Seth Lance Prandy F Aedan Isaac Radvanyi l Maria Rahim F Samir Ramic Michael Cole Redman Auston Jaymar Robinson Jessica Marie Rogers F Aleigha Monet Ross Tamara V. Rowe Dalma Neyra Ruelas s Lizette Saldarriaga Samuel Sampaio Gomes s Brandon Courtenay Saville Jonathan R. Scott Sr. Christopher Seda F Indira Sehic F Carolina Melissa Sibrian F Miatta Tenneh Sicarr Vanessa Andrea Sierra Jesse Steven Brandon Silva Lisa Sim Smethers F Cameron David Smith Jennifer Denice Soto Diaz F Dino Suta Bradley Taylor Swims Sourav Kishore Talukdar l Geovanna Stephanie Tellez Flores Giancarlo Ignacio Tovalin F De’Andre Akil Turner Ajoa Dufie Tweneboah Nikolay Louis Uherek Allyson Elizabeth Bowen Van Beber l

List and academic standing at press time. F Cum laude l Magna cum laude s Summa cum laude n Honors Program

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Kevin G. Van Mansfeld Juan Sebastian Vargas s Andres Vasquez Paige Nguyen Vining Brittney Nicole Waits Morgan Walker Kayla Renee Washington s Tahj Malik Webb Rashunda Nicole Wells Jeffrey Ryan White Chantana Williams Troy Michael Williams Becky Wong F Brian Matthew Woodruff Matthew James Wortman Alexia Jordyn Wright Duaci Xiong Austin Joel Yagle Mauricio Alejandro Zelada

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCE MAJOR IN NURSING Oluwafemi Adegboyega Adepoju Steven Warren Albrecht Frank Kofi Amoah Emily Anne Barfield Sarah Marie Bruyere F Evalyn Marie Cantellops Nicole Phuong Khanh Cao Jerusha Melody Cook Paige Summer Cousino s Michael John Diiorio F Raymund Carl Hoeffliger Enrile Mackenzie Hope Forester F Bertha Isabel Gomez Holly Rheanna Hawkins F Praisy John F William Chase Jones F Shubhkiran Preet Kaur l Sarah Minju Kim l Camille Allexis Laslie Priscilla Sierra Oguntoye l Katie Grace Pulkin s Gabriel Saldana F Starr Brittany Sherman Sara Jo Smith Julia T. Tran F Yu Julie Yang

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4 BACHELOR OF ARTS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN ENGLISH Alexander Patrick Coffman Rebekah Anne Hall Creekmore s Brieanna Paige Haberling l n Donna Renee Johnson s n Rachel Amanda Kembel Lisa Russo Leigh Maicey Jamiah Melville Melany Lee Murphy April Dawn Newman Gihon Channing Wilson Warner

BACHELOR OF ARTS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN HISTORY Lauren Marie Beelen Tiffany Michelle Coker F Ronald Dale Higgins Jr. F Connor Cooper Jelks Andrew S. Moeller F Robert Anthony Myers Juan Vera

BACHELOR OF ARTS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN POLITICAL SCIENCE Jessica Alford Paisley Chaurice Bishop Aaron Dominique Cato III Kennedy Paige Dickerson Samuel Harrison McLaughlin III Judy Chan Park s n Micah Peter Seibel n Santessa Chastaine Young

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN CRIMINAL JUSTICE Christopher Antonio Alvarado Adnan M. Aslam F Jenettha June Baines Perryman F Shinieria M. Bradley Tia Shake’l Buckle Beneisha Carter Nicholas Allen Clerk Tyler Martin Crews Bonnie Lynn Cushing Jordan Alexis Drake F Lynette Marie Escalante

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Ian A. Figueroa Matthew Woodrow Hayes DeAndre Lamar Hogan Najaiha Holder-Butler Alison Emily Hulslander F Cameron Atriel Lavonshaé Jackson Deborah Lynn King Micah Samuel LoPresto F Marcus K. McCorkle Shaellis Valencia Peavy Natalie Page Reynolds F Brooke M. Rivera l Jeremy Thomas Rutledge Carolanne Maria Solis Dionne Patrice Stallworth Maria Lydia Villazana Emily Christine Zinn

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN PSYCHOLOGY Latonya Marie Adams Angela Adzudzor Mekinzie Brooke Beasley Megan Marie Berounsky Deanna Wray Bowersock F Quierra Neishele Brown Olivia Nicole Carani F Abram Cartledge III Flor Raquel Castillo Sherrika Darthil Clark Horatio Nyema Dalieh Chase Addison Darby Kevin Joseph Davis Susan Thi Dinh Jazmine Doss Denai Leian Esson Briana Ashley Forrester-Jack Kevin Andrew Glisson Stacy M. Gonzalez Mong-Huyen Thi Ha l Damon Perry Hester Brooke Noel Hodgson Ashley Danielle Hunter Hannah Elizabeth Kuzel Rebecca E. Lee Richard William Liberty Jeffrey Zane Lovern Nejla Maric F Dalton Taylor Martinez Dorothy Janice Milligan s Tatiana A. Morgan Amy Morland Corinne Elise Najour Lindsay Nelson Chloe Olivia Noel

Eva Grey Noland F Jordan Samantha Parker Jacquelyn Paige Paschal s Quratulann K. Patel Natalie Patrick Kianna Stella Rodriguez l Melissa Severino Xiomara Beatriz Sifuentes De La Cruz s Shamya Monique Smida Kayla Nichole Smith Leisy Victoria Solano Polanco Edward Arthur Spiller Jr. Ana C. Torres-Quintero F Eunik Joshay Vann Stephanie Velez Jacob Allan Warner F

BACHELOR OF ARTS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN ENGLISH WITH TEACHER CERTIFICATION Spencer David Baker F Cynthia Samantha Garay Marines Daniel Wayne Montague Lloyd

BACHELOR OF ARTS SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS MAJOR IN HISTORY WITH TEACHER CERTIFICATION Steven Blake Ashe Kaleigh Dallas Cauble F Samuel Anderson Meers Chandler Kemp Smith l Jacob Tyler Van Yush s

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MAJOR IN EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION Jennifer Nicole Atkins Christa Brittany Beaghan F Joanna Marie Boone Paige Leanna Cureton F Angela Susana Delgado Sarah Rebecca Dunn F Shelby Ann Everett s Mayra Alejandra Garcia F Jessica Catlin Gaskin Gillian Nichole Glasnovich s Caleb Benjamin Hawkins Kimberly Hernandez Molly Lynn Hester l Margaret Maire Humble

Amanda Erin Jansson l Danielle Genevieve Joyner Caitlin Elizabeth Lenahan Jo-Ann Rose Mercado s Yesenia Miele Bethany Anne Morris Van Anh Nguyen Alexis Marie Norville Kenia Palacios-Piedra F Erica Nicole Patterson Ryann Nicole Peyton s n Michelle Nichole Place Kristy Pratt Julie Sanocki s Amber Ladale Smith l Lindsey Taylor Smith s Katherine Elizabeth Stamey Samantha Terrones Alarcon F Sarah Leeann Tumlin F Allison Ilene Weaver Olivia Darnell Wheeler Jesslan Ivie White Brooke Anne Wittenzellner Meliha Ziga F

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN EDUCATION SCHOOL OF EDUCATION MAJOR IN SPECIAL EDUCATION Katie Wagner Atha s Elizabeth D. Brown Linda Kay Brown Linda Potts Causey F James Timothy Golden Aimeé Mae Gotreaux Sade Immacula Jean Jacques Harriet Keyamo Sandra Lisic Valentina Martinez Perez Russell Wyatt Poer Camille A. Small-Wong Lisa Christine Stansell Ashley Nicole Ware Joann Mayra Wooten


5 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS WITH TEACHER CERTIFICATION Rebekah Anne Bullard Fn Catherine Elizabeth Earl F Peter Richard Fischer Sasha Miho Guerrero Christina Michelle Holt Brittany Lynne Pickford Kaitlyn Swanson

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR IN BIOLOGY Maryann Ogechukwu Aniekwe s Karen Aidee Barrita Mariah Rae Bell Rulencia Jean Clayton Una Kelly Dammar Aaysha Dawood Daniel Andre Delgado F Matthew Dominic Derosa India Jamie Dillard s n Jackson Charles Fink l Kaylyn Liliana Flores Erica Isabel Giron F Jake Lee Grubb Kayleigh Nicole Guma s Brianna Lee Harris Sharif Hassan Syed Anas Hyder s Venette Jean s n Navneet Kamra Kaitlin Grace Killeen Jorielle Sheree King Angelique Meagan Lafrance F Binh Hue Lam Vanessa Largo Casey Elizabeth Larios F Andrew Aurelio Maliszewski Tiandra Leshae Manns Daniel Nicholas Martin Michael Olusegun Masha Sr. Joseph Ryne Mondoux Jessica Catheline Montoya F Clinton Paul Murell Steven Nañez Ethel Akuabata Ngene F Joshua Nougaisse Fn Benjamin Olugbade Oladebo Ogechukwu Jane Otiji s

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Natalie Ozuna Olga Valerievna Petrenko F Khue Thi Pham l Cynthia Gaelle Pierre-Louis Andrea Ramos Christian Santos Jennifer Ellen Schmid Kyle Thomas Schuster s Diana Lizbeth Solano Cruz l Gavin G. Surujballi Kieu Giang Nguyen To Nhu My Tran n Noemi Yamileth Vila Danny Nguyen Vu Mary Oanh Vu F Thien Khac Vu s Shai Alexandria Waldrip Jessica Danielle Walters l Nailah Sydona Williamson Brittany May Ly Xiong California Xiong

Bristol Paige Countess F Chantel Lorraine Daniels Robert Means Chandler Denton Brandon Scott Gamon l Devin Micheal Glossin Erica Jones Melissa Josephine Kedzie Marceda Kegler Marigold Naadei Kotey N’guetta Lynda Kouacou Eric Anthony Medina Stephanie Catherine Reyes Precious Uwa Salami Luis Alberto Sanchez Victor Jesus Sanchez

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY

Peter Temitayo Adeojo Eric Ahmed Qasim Ali F Gloria Guadalupe Alvarenga Dev Amin Miguel Eduardo Antigua Laura Ging Arevalo Yasmeana Ahmad Doghaimat F Fethi M Basha Chloe Elizabeth Fernandes Steven Beteag F Jordan Edward Naquin Steven William Biedenbach F Emily Rebecca Smith Preston Jamaal Blue Taylor Morgan Brust BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Adam Joseph Buchinski SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Eliezer Madika Bukasa AND TECHNOLOGY Dale Christopher Burke s MAJOR IN ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE Nicholas Hunter Burton James Allen Carman F Ni Hien Chung s Timothy Sean Couch Darnell Roy Jerome Clarke Raydastepha Dimanche Scott Christian Clifford Terry Wynn Hoge Zachary Ryan Cox Shanika Laquan Tillman Chelsea Elisabeth D’Alessandro l Mary Cassandra Willcoxon F Chelsea Kathryn Davis F Lindsey Marie Zegel l Sandy Minzie DeBarboza Wesley Andrew Duke BACHELOR OF SCIENCE Aubrian Aisha Fallen SCHOOL OF SCIENCE Carla Melissa Fox AND TECHNOLOGY Adele Elizabeth Francois MAJOR IN EXERCISE Grant Richard Frazier SCIENCE Emrah Gajip Armando Gonzalez F Hatidza Atalov Daniel Guevara F Family Louise Brown Sagar Deepak Hansalia Hailey Brooke Burnham Youssef M. Henien Ashly Michelle Burt Anjumul Islam Kaitlin Nicole Carpio

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR IN CHEMISTRY

Neal Vincent Klemenc s Billy Joshua Knight F Aaron Michael Knobloch s Andrew Levins Jacob Alexander Lockhart Anissa Evelyn Logan Ivan Magana F Michael J Martin Boima Massaquoi Susan O. A. Mensah Andrew Justin Mercedes Gabriel Mezquita F Ryan Phillip Miller Jose Luis Moreno Jr. Chinelo Krystle Obiamalu Marisa Mari Panyasith Gianluca Parilli Mitchell Ray Parker Jacob Alexander Piazza Anthony Louis Russo Jessica Jazmin Saldarriaga Ibrahim Omobola Sanni Matthew Alan Shaffer F Mohammad Gibran Sheriff Nathaniel Deshaun Sims Dylan B. Smith William Mathew Smith Charles Michael Snider II Matthew Paul Soucy F Robert Strong F Hashim B. Tawfiq Johanna Leigh Timmer l Lance Sterling Toornman Joshua Thang Tran Joseph Ephram Tsegaye F Aston Hunter Tsou l Veronica Marissa Ureno l Richard Anthony Williams Jr. Caitlin Leanne Windham s Penny Ciab Xiong F Priscella Xiong F Bryan Yeap F Thais Taiane Ziroldo F

BACHELOR OF SCIENCE SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY MAJOR IN MATHEMATICS Hye Young An l Bess MacLean Burnett l Antoinette N. Miezan s Natalie Chiamaka Obiamalu Amruta Parimal Patel Ginaann M. Rosbury


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DR. STA NLEY C. “S TAS’ ” PREC ZEWS K I P RE SIDE N T, GEO RGIA GWINNET T CO LLEGE

Dr. Stanley C. “Stas’” Preczewski earned a B.S. in engineering from

Cornell University in 1980 and concurrently received his Army officer commission. His other degrees include an M.S. in engineering from the University of Massachusetts, an M.A. in National Security Strategy and Planning from the United States Naval War College, and a Ph.D. in Higher Education from the University of Missouri. Dr. Preczewski served on the faculty and staff of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He commanded two artillery units with the 2nd and 1st Infantry Divisions. His awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Meritorious Service Medal and Airborne (paratrooper) and Air Assault wings. Upon retirement as an Army Colonel in May 2006, Dr. Preczewski began his civilian career as the inaugural Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs at Georgia Gwinnett College. He was named president in 2014 and under his leadership, GGC has grown to more than 12,000 students. Dr. Preczewski serves on the boards of directors of the Gwinnett County Chamber of Commerce, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, Peach State Federal Credit Union and the American Council on Education Council of Fellows. He also is a member of the boards of trustees for the Atlanta Regional Council for Higher Education and Riverside Military Academy. He is a member of the Rotary Club of Lawrenceville and the Lawrenceville Lions Club. He routinely serves on University System of Georgia task forces and as a mentor in its leadership development program. He is married to Jean Preczewski, a career legal assistant for a private law firm in Buford. They have three children, combat veterans, each of whom served or is serving as officers in the U.S. Army: Kristen, who holds an MBA; Michael, who serves as an Army Medical Planner for the Pacific Region, and David, an Army MEDEVAC helicopter pilot currently in command of the U.S. Army Aeromedical Center Medical Company at Ft. Rucker, Alabama. The Preczewskis have one grandson, Evan, and one granddaughter, Claire.

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DR. DA NIEL J. KAUF MAN P RE SIDE N T, GW IN N ET T CHAMBER O F CO MMERCE

Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman is president and chief executive officer of the

Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce, a position he has held since July 2013. The Gwinnett Chamber is one of the largest suburban chambers of commerce in the nation. As president, Dr. Kaufman is responsible for all Chamber programs as well as for being an advocate for regional strategic initiatives for a more competitive economy and an enhanced quality of life in Gwinnett County and the metropolitan Atlanta region. In addition to his responsibilities at the Chamber, Dr. Kaufman is a member of the board of directors of a number of civic and philanthropic organizations, to include the Georgia Chamber of Commerce, Explore Gwinnett, the Council for Quality Growth, Gwinnett Clean and Beautiful, the Mitsubishi Electric Championship Foundation, the Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services, the Gwinnett Medical Center Foundation, the Regional Business Coalition, and the Aurora Theatre in Lawrenceville. Prior to assuming his duties at the Chamber, Dr. Kaufman was the founding president of Georgia Gwinnett College. The college admitted its first class of 118 students in August 2006 and its first freshman class in August 2007. Dr. Kaufman served as president until 2013. At the time of his departure, GGC had nearly 10,000 students pursuing 40 fields of study. Before serving as president of GGC, Dr. Kaufman was a brigadier general in the U.S. Army, serving as dean of the Academic Board and chief academic officer at the United States Military Academy at West Point, a position from which he retired in June 2005. In that capacity Dr. Kaufman was responsible for the design and implementation of the academic program at West Point. He has written several books, the most recent being “Understanding International Relations.” Dr. Kaufman graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in 1968; he was commissioned a second lieutenant of Armor and awarded a bachelor’s of science degree. He also holds a master’s of public administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate in philosophy from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Kaufman’s military service includes tours with cavalry and armor units in the United States and Vietnam, where he received the Bronze Star for heroism and two Purple Hearts for wounds sustained during combat. He also has served as a member of the National Security Council staff in the White House and in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He served as a special assistant to three chiefs of staff of the Army. Brigadier General Kaufman also was engaged extensively in the development of the National Military Academy of Afghanistan, which opened in Kabul in April 2005. Upon his retirement from active duty, General Kaufman was honored by the British government as an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (O.B.E.). He and his wife, Kathryn, are both natives of Brunswick, Georgia. They have two children, daughter Emily and son David, two granddaughters, Emma and Katie, and two grandsons, Connor and Will.

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THE G E ORG IA GWINNET T CO LLEGE MACE A ceremonial mace is a highly ornamented staff of metal or wood borne by a designated official during processions for formal academic ceremonies or parliamentary occasions. Derived from ancient weapons, maces became adorned and adapted for ceremonial use during the Middle Ages. Georgia Gwinnett College’s mace contains a unique combination of materials representing the components of the college community. The torch represents the light of education and its promise of a brighter future for students, families, communities, nations and the world. Cast in urethane from a 3D-printed mold, it symbolizes GGC’s modern and innovative approach to higher education. Its green flame represents one of the college’s official colors, as well as life, growth and prosperity. The cube represents the college as a whole and symbolizes permanence. It is adorned with the college seal and logo in its official colors. Gold represents GGC’s leaders and symbolizes their knowledge and authority in guiding the institution. Stainless steel represents GGC’s staff members and symbolizes the stability and structure they provide the college. Bronze represents GGC’s faculty members and symbolizes the education, inspiration and mentorship they provide their students.

Aluminum represents the educational process and symbolizes the transformation it offers not only for students, but everyone involved with the college.

Maple wood represents the students and symbolizes their growth and pioneering spirit as they embark on their educational journey, forever changing their lives. GGC’s four pillars of scholarship, leadership, service and creativity are inlaid in the maple, as these qualities are instilled in the college’s students. The letters are inlaid mahogany wood.

Copper represents the connection between GGC and its communities, symbolizing positive relationships. Iron represents the broader college community members and symbolizes the strength, courage and life-force its support means to the foundation and ongoing success of Georgia Gwinnett College.

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HONORS REGALIA Some graduating seniors wear regalia recognizing their memberships in honor societies and/or the GGC Honors Program. In addition to specified GPAs, students must meet other requirements to be considered members of these groups. These students are to be commended for earning the prestigious distinctions represented by their regalia, which may include a cord or stole (sash), with or without a medallion. Organizations/Programs and related major(s) GGC Honors Program – Interdisciplinary Alpha Phi Sigma – Criminal Justice Beta Beta Beta – Biology Golden Key – Interdisciplinary Kappa Delta Pi – Education Kappa Mu Epsilon – Mathematics Kappa Omicron Nu – Exercise Science National Society of Leadership and Success – Interdisciplinary Omicron Delta Epsilon – Economics Phi Alpha Theta – History Pi Sigma Alpha – Political Science Psi Chi – Psychology Sigma Beta Delta – Business Sigma Iota Rho – International Relations Sigma Tau Delta – English Upsilon Pi Epsilon – Computing and Information

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Regalia colors Green and silver Gold and blue Forest green and red Blue and gold Purple and jade green Rose pink and silver Burgundy and gold Red and black Blue and gold Red and blue Red, white and black Platinum and dark blue Hunter green and gold Black, blue and red Cardinal and black Maroon and white


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TRA DITIO NS O F ACADEMIC DRES S At many formal college events, faculty can be seen wearing traditional robes, hoods, caps and sometimes cords known as academic dress or regalia. This tradition dates back to the 12th and 13th centuries when universities emerged from religious orders. Similar to the robes of the clergy, academic dress was the customary daily dress of both students and faculty. It was functional in providing warmth and designating someone as a member of the academy. Steeped in tradition, academic dress code follows detailed guidelines for fabrics, patterns, colors, trimming and length of the gown and its accompanying garments, based on the degree of its wearer. More advanced degrees dictate more elaborate regalia, made of finer fabrics with longer and broader hoods and gold tassels. The standard color for bachelor and master degree gowns is black, while doctorate robes may be black or another color designated by the college that granted the degree. Officials and dignitaries at institutions also may wear gowns of varying colors and designs. Fabrics vary from lightweight to heavier velvets, which are reserved for doctorate robes. Hoods worn with the gown are black, using the same fabric as the gown, and lined in velvet or velveteen with the colors of the institution granting the degree and trimmed with the colors of the specific discipline. Below is a list of colors associated with various disciplines: Agriculture...............................................................................................................................................Maize Arts, Letters, Humanities .........................................................................................................................White Commerce, Accountancy, Business.......................................................................................................... Drab Dentistry .................................................................................................................................................... Lilac Economics ............................................................................................................................................ Copper Education ......................................................................................................................................... Light Blue Engineering .......................................................................................................................................... Orange Fine Arts, including Architecture............................................................................................................ Brown Forestry ..................................................................................................................................................Russet Journalism ...........................................................................................................................................Crimson Law .........................................................................................................................................................Purple Library Science ...................................................................................................................................... Lemon Medicine................................................................................................................................................. Green Music ......................................................................................................................................................... Pink Nursing ................................................................................................................................................. Apricot Oratory (Speech) .............................................................................................................................Silver Gray Pharmacy .......................................................................................................................................Olive Green Philosophy .........................................................................................................................................Dark Blue Physical Education......................................................................................................................... Sage Green Public Administration, including Foreign Service .......................................................................Peacock Blue Public Health .................................................................................................................................Salmon Pink Science ...................................................................................................................................... Golden Yellow Social Work............................................................................................................................................. Citron Theology ............................................................................................................................................... Scarlet Veterinary Science .....................................................................................................................................Gray Hoods originally were worn as a covering for the head until the function was handed to the cap. The cap is most often a mortarboard matched to the gown and includes a tassel in either black or a discipline/ school color. The tassel worn with doctorate degree gowns may be gold. There is no hard rule for the position of the tassel, however many colleges and universities have incorporated the tassel as a symbolic rite of passage into the academic community by having students move the tassel from right to left upon graduation.

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THE CO LLEGE S EAL

The seal represents the core mission, values and vision of the College, as well as uniquely identifies the College among all other educational institutions. It reflects the College’s official colors - green and gray - and contains symbolism of GGC’s core identity through the following design elements: • The outer rim of the seal contains a dotted line representing the many talents and individuals that surround and embrace the College, creating a unified and secure cord to shape its continued growth and prosperity. • The first line of type within the outer ring shows the name of the College in its traditional green color using the classic, time-honored typeface Jenson. • The type placed at the bottom of the first inner ring is the year the College was voted into existence by the Georgia General Assembly. • The ring of 44 stars symbolizes Gwinnett, the 44th county created in the state of Georgia. • The four pillars of the College are represented by the words Scholarship, Leadership, Service and Creativity. The four pillars are described on the next page. • The center of the seal contains the stylized symbol used in the College’s official logo referred to as the “cresting double G.” • Moving outward from the center ring with the cresting double G that represents students, the next ring represents faculty, the following ring represents staff, and the outer ring represents the community. These are the four groups of individuals who comprise the essential relationships in which learning takes place.

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VIS IO N Georgia Gwinnett College will be a premier 21st Century Liberal Arts College where learning will take place continuously in and beyond the confines of the traditional classroom. Its cornerstones will be innovative use of educational technology and a commitment to an integrated educational experience that develops the whole person. GGC will be a wellspring of educational innovation. It will be a dynamic learning community where faculty engagement in teaching and mentoring students will be the hallmark. It will be a driving force for change in student success. As such, it will be a model for innovative approaches to education, faculty engagement with students, and highly efficient student, facility, and administrative services.

MIS S IO N Georgia Gwinnett College provides access to targeted baccalaureate and associate level degrees that meet the economic development needs of the growing and diverse population of the northeast Atlanta metropolitan region. It emphasizes the innovative use of technology and active-learning environments to provide its students enhanced learning experiences, practical opportunities to apply knowledge, increased scheduling flexibility, and a variety of course delivery options. Georgia Gwinnett’s outstanding faculty and staff actively engage students in various learning environments, serve as mentors and advisors, and assist students through programs designed to enhance their academic, social, and personal development. GGC produces contributing citizens and future leaders for Georgia and the nation. Its graduates are inspired to contribute to the local, state, national, and international communities and are prepared to anticipate and respond effectively to an uncertain and changing world.

T HE F O UR PILLARS Scholarship Georgia Gwinnett College produces graduates prepared for life-long, intentional learning. These graduates will continue to discover, acquire, integrate and apply knowledge in ways that enhance both their lives, and the lives of others. Leadership GGC inspires its graduates to model purposeful, intentional actions that enable them, and those around them, to work together in cohesive and coherent ways toward common goals. Our students lead by example, with both their hearts and their minds, while encouraging others to do the same. Service Georgia Gwinnett College encourages each graduate to live as engaged, contributing citizens, and to serve actively in ways that will result in positive impacts on their local, state, national and international communities. Creativity GGC cultivates the attributes of curiosity, intellectual versatility, imagination and critical thinking to enable graduates to embrace varied perspectives, identify key points of convergence among disparate ideas and situations, and generate creative ideas and innovative solutions.

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THE IN TE G RATE D EDUCAT IO NAL EX PERIENC E SCHOOL OF BUSINESS The School of Business promotes a learning community characterized by student engagement, a faculty dedicated to excellence and continuous improvement in teaching, scholarship and service. By developing leading-edge programs that nurture and advance intellectual inquiry, critical-thinking abilities, social skills and ethical reasoning, the School of Business prepares individuals to be business leaders in an increasingly complex and changing global environment. SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS The School of Liberal Arts provides an innovative, multidisciplinary, student-centered, flexible curriculum that prepares the student for further study or work in a global economy. The School seeks to develop student learning through faculty engagement in cross-disciplinary teaching, research and service that responds to increased globalization. SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY The School of Science and Technology is committed to providing an innovative, outcomes-based learning experience for all students. It provides programs that offer students disciplinary and interdisciplinary courses, as well as practical and applied learning experiences that prepare them for postgraduate schooling or for positions of responsibility in education, business, medicine or government. The School produces graduates who demonstrate mathematics, science and information technology literacy, and foster an understanding of the role of these disciplines in our society in an uncertain and changing world. SCHOOL OF EDUCATION The School of Education is a collaborative learning community whose members are engaged in developing the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary for outstanding teaching. Faculty and students model exemplary pedagogy, interdisciplinary approaches, data-based decision making and life-long learning. Graduates promote the success of diverse learners through educational experiences that incorporate best practices and innovative applications of educational technology. The School of Education develops educational leaders for an evolving global community. SCHOOL OF HEALTH SCIENCES The School of Health Sciences offers programs which prepare students to be engaged professionals and leaders in global health. Students in Health Sciences programs are equipped with vital competencies necessary to provide evidence-based care and work effectively in a complex health care system. SCHOOL OF TRANSITIONAL STUDIES The School of Transitional Studies at GGC is designed to support and enhance students’ academic, intellectual and social development to promote their retention, progression and graduation. Its student success programs pursue innovative and multi-faceted efforts to achieve these goals. Courses for students who would like additional preparation to promote their learning as well as workshops in learning strategies, learning styles and use of technology are offered to engage and improve students’ chances for success and graduation. A free tutoring center staffed with professional and trained tutors serves the entire college community. THE DIVISION OF STUDENT AFFAIRS The Division of Student Affairs utilizes an innovative student development model that promotes students’ emotional, intellectual, occupational, physical, social and spiritual growth. The division collaboratively develops, provides and assesses programs, services and policies which empower students with opportunities for holistic development and enhanced learning.

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G E ORG IA GWINNET T CO LLEGE HIS T O RY In October 2004, the University System of Georgia (USG) Board of Regents voted to ask the General Assembly to approve the creation of a new state college in Gwinnett County. In March 2005, the General Assembly passed Senate Resolution 33, authored by Sen. Don Balfour, establishing a new college in Gwinnett, later signed by Gov. Sonny Perdue. In September 2005, the Regents hired Dr. Daniel J. Kaufman, a retired Army brigadier general, as the college’s inaugural president. A month later, the Regents named the institution, “Georgia Gwinnett College.” GGC opened its doors to 118 students on August 18, 2006, 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. It welcomed its first freshman class in 2007 and recognized 17 students at its inaugural commencement ceremony in 2008. In January of 2009, GGC held its first winter graduation ceremony, and that spring, it graduated 38 students. It added a summer commencement ceremony in 2013. In 2009, the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools granted Georgia Gwinnett its initial accreditation in record time, giving the college the ability to apply for research grants and awards from foundations for students and faculty members, and expand its degree programs. More than 3,000 students enrolled for the 2009 fall semester. 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 new Student Center opened in January 2011 and a new laboratory building opened that summer. GGC’s enrollment reached 9,400 in fall 2012. The 2012-13 academic year was the Grizzlies’ first season of official intercollegiate competition in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics, and marked the completion of the varsity athletics facilities.  President Kaufman departed GGC for the presidency of the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in July 2013 and Dr. Stanley C. “Stas’” Preczewski, formerly vice president for Academic and Student Affairs, served as interim president for about a year before being named president in May 2014. In fall 2014, the college opened its new Allied Health and Sciences building, home of the School of Science and Technology, the newly formed School of Health Sciences and its nursing program.  The college celebrated its 10th anniversary in 2015 with a year-long “GGC10” observance. As it enters its second decade, GGC continues to build upon its success in upholding its unique mission and vision. Today, the college enrolls more than 12,000 students. It is ranked as the most ethnically diverse Southern regional college by U.S. News & World Report (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018), which also ranks GGC as producing the second least student debt among Southern regional colleges.  The Daniel J. Kaufman Library & Learning Center was recently named for GGC’s founding president, and the college celebrated the expansion of its academic Building C. GGC offers 17 bachelor’s degree programs and almost 50 concentrations. Its students score it among the nation’s top colleges in several areas of student engagement, a critical predictor of student success. According to USG studies, GGC has contributed more than $2.8 billion to the local economy, including creation of 4,500 jobs. GGC’s innovative practices, caring culture and extremely affordable tuition are changing the game in higher education, and changing the future for students at all levels, of all ages and from all walks of life. Its groundbreaking, four-year college model changes how educators facilitate and support student learning and is characterized by its integrated approach to attention, affordability and access.

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A DMINIS T RAT IO N Stanley C. “Stas’” Preczewski, Ph.D., President T.J. Arant, Ph.D., Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs and Provost Laura Maxwell, Vice President for Business and Finance Lori Buckheister, Vice President for Advancement Terrance Schneider, Interim Vice President for Operations Daniel Nolan, Chief of Staff Marc P. Cardinalli, J.D., General Counsel Luann Causland, Executive Assistant to the President

SCHO O L DEANS Thomas G. Mundie, Ph.D., School of Science and Technology* Cathy Moore, Ph.D., School of Education* Adolfo Santos, Ph.D., School of Liberal Arts Diane E. White, Ph.D., RN, CCRN, School of Health Sciences* Tyler Yu, Ph.D., School of Business Justin Jernigan, Ph.D., School of Transitional Studies

2 0 0 6 -2 0 0 7 CHA RT ER DEANS AND FAC ULT Y SCHOOL OF BUSINESS Victoria Johnson, Ph.D., Charter Dean Tyler Yu, Ph.D., Professor of Economics Spero Peppas, Ph.D., Professor of Marketing and International Business** Mary Saunders, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Management SCHOOL OF EDUCATION Cathy Moore, Ph.D., Charter Dean SCHOOL OF LIBERAL ARTS Lois C. Richardson, Ph.D., Charter Dean Juliana Lancaster, Ph.D., Executive Director of Plans, Policies and Analysis; Professor of Psychology Vickie Williams, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Psychology SCHOOL OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY Thomas G. Mundie, Ph.D., Charter Dean Christopher Brandon, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology Diane Dorsett, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology Bagie George, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology Lee Kurtz, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Biology

* Denotes charter dean ** Denotes first faculty member hired

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G E O R G IA GW IN N E TT COLLEGE F O UNDAT IO N BO ARD O F T RU STE E S Chair Thomas P. Hughes

Vice Chair Stanley C. “Stas’” Preczewski

President Lori M. Buckheister

Secretary Bartow Morgan, Jr.

Treasurer Debra Smithart-Oglesby

Trustees Thomas J. Andersen Marsha Anderson Bomar David J. Bowen K. Carlton Buchanan, Jr., MD Madison F. Cole, Jr. C. Norwood Davis Timothy J. Foster Ronald H. Garrard Gregory W. Hayes Terri E. Jondahl Wayne H. Mason José R. Pérez William E. Russell Greg D. Shumate John D. Stephens W. Gordon Tanner, Jr., MD Richard L. Tucker Glenn S. White Connie C. Wiggins Philip R. Wolfe

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W E LCOM E TO T HE ALUMNI AS S O CIAT IO N Graduates, After years of hard work and dedication, you are now alumni of Georgia Gwinnett College – congratulations! We applaud you and your proud family, friends and mentors for reaching this important milestone in your life. On behalf of the GGC Foundation and Alumni Association, I welcome you as our newest alumni members. The mission of the Alumni Association is to build and support lifelong relationships with Georgia Gwinnett College, alumni and the community through academic excellence, leadership and tradition. Your active participation and support is key to fulfilling this mission. We encourage you to do the following:

GET INVOLVED

You will always be a member of the GGC family. Enrich your experience by attending our alumni networking mixers. Come back to campus for events like Homecoming, Alumni Day at a baseball game, and other opportunities to connect with members of the GGC community. Stay in touch with the Office of Alumni Relations, and make sure to keep up-to-date with the monthly alumni e-newsletter and Engage magazine. You have invested time and effort in your GGC legacy – share your successes and talents with us to inspire the next generation of Grizzly grads.

GIVE BACK

If you have contributed to GGC, thank you. We are grateful for this demonstration of your support and your belief in Georgia Gwinnett College. Gifts from friends, parents, faculty, staff, students and alumni are vital to our continued success as a college, and for helping future Grizzlies achieve their dreams. You can also give your time. Join us for dynamic events and programs, or pursue a leadership position on the GGC Alumni Association Board.

CONNECT Today, you joined a rapidly expanding network of nearly 6,000 Grizzly graduates. Interact with your fellow alumni via our online community. “Like” us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter and join us on LinkedIn and Networkggc.com. Be a GGC ambassador and advocate in your careers, your communities and among your friends. On behalf of the GGC Foundation and the GGC family, congratulations on reaching this special day in your life. We look forward to what the future brings for you. Sincerely, Tim Foster Chair, GGC Alumni Association Board

A LU M N I A SSOCIAT IO N BO ARD MEMBERS Chair: Tim Foster, 2011 Past Chair: Chad Miller, 2008 Chair-Elect: Sasha Ruiz, 2011 Secretary: Elease Dillard, 2015 Valerie Allen, 2011 Bakari Benton, 2015 Kris Bordeaux, 2015

Whitney Durrah, 2014 Shelly Elfil, 2012 Brigette Fontenot, 2013 Homero Gonzalez, 2011 Lawana Haynes, 2010 Tyler Henry, 2012 Taylor Isenberg, 2011 John Maison, 2015

Blair Sanders, 2013 Jacky Sylvain, 2016 Cooper Wade, 2015 Tyler Walsh, 2011

Be sure to visit the GGC Alumni Association website at www.ggc.edu/alumni for the latest news and updates. For more information, contact Nate Jones, njones20@ggc.edu, Director of Annual Giving and Alumni Relations.

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ALMA MAT ER Lyrics by Dr. Alvina Atkinson and Brittany Dertz-Oakley, Class of 2011 Music by Dr. Thomas Young

We have gained wisdom and honor From our home of green and gray. We will go forth and remember All we’ve learned along the way. And with knowledge and compassion We will build communities Leading by example And with dignity. Georgia Gwinnett, we’ll never forget How we have grown, And those that we’ve met. Georgia Gwinnett, love and respect Our alma mater, Georgia Gwinnett.

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THE FOL LOWING SPONSORS WISH TO CONGRATULATE THE SPRING 2018 GRADUATES ________________________________ G O L D L E V E L ________________________________

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G R A D U AT I N G S E N I O R D O N O R S Thank you to the graduating seniors who have supported the college’s culture of philanthropy with a graduation gift.

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