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EGSC names Fall ‘21 grads

East Georgia State College held its Fall 2021 Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, December 11, at 10 a.m. The ceremony was held in the gymnasium in Swainsboro. Friends and family of the graduates attended the event.

Dr. Sandra Sharman, Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs, welcomed the graduates and their families to the ceremony. Ben Beverly, an EGSC Correll Scholar, sang “God Bless America,” followed by graduation candidate Sanjay Narsee, who presented the reflection.

The speaker for the ceremony was Dr. Mary Waalkes, a professor of history at EGSC-Augusta. Mary Waalkes received her Ph.D. from the University of Colorado specializing in U.S. history and focusing on the South and on African American history. She currently teaches U.S. history survey and Western Civilization at EGSC–Augusta.

Incoming president of EGSC Dr. David Schecter was introduced at the commencement ceremony and presented each graduate with their diplomas.

Since the event, East Georgia State has finalized its list of graduates. According to a press release sent out by the college on Friday, January 21, numerous students from various counties met the requirements to graduate.

Receiving an Associate of Arts were: Bailee L. Butler of Appling County; Corey A. Willis of Bartow County; Dajah L. Andrews, Makiya Brown, and Kierra D. Jones of Bibb County; Noah E. Sikes of Bryan County; Tamesha B. Ace, Kaylah C. Baker, Amiya S. Carter, Destiny S. Davis, Stacy M. Dunnum, Zachary O. Mayo, Diosymar E. Morales-Amador, Titus J. Rozier, and Ashton D. Wilson of Bulloch County; Marlee R. Robertson of Candler County; Selena M. Blake, Kennedey M. Brown, Curteonna U. Jackson, and Jasmine A. Kennedy of Chatham County; Banks E. Carter, Jessica L. Dial, Andrew A. Hackett, Brittney N. Johnson, and Latesia Mims of Columbia County; Precious D. Coleman of Dodge County; Ansley L. Cribbs and Kylie E. Mobley of Effingham County; Hailey M. Kinlaw and Randal K. Murray of Evans County; Jasmine L. Ibraheem and Adrienne N. McBride of Jefferson County; Rylee L. Cook of Jenkins County; James J. Hodge of Liberty County; Shalexus T. Kendrick and Daphnie N. Sallywhite of McDuffie County; Catherine E. Thigpen and Bret A. White of Montgomery County; Kyia L. Davis, Bobby A. Green, Alexis N. Jones, Monasia H. Roberson, Te’Anna N. Rogers, Antonisha L. Wesby, Domoniqua L. Whitfield, and Roderick M. Youmans of Richmond County; Atira D. Tillman of Screven County; Branden S. Browder, Alaina B. Strange, and Bailey A. Strange of Tattnall County; Samantha E. Bray and Chason T. Brogdon of Toombs County; Tabitha C. Mimbs of Washington County; and Toni N. McGarrell of Geary County, Kansas.

Receiving an Associate of Science were: Scott T. Cribbs of Effingham County, Sanjay Narsee of Emanuel County, Gerardo Avila Antonio of Gordon County, and Kayla G. Braddy of Toombs County.

Receiving a Bachelor of Arts were: Cory L. West of Barrow County, Shelby M. Ruth of Effingham County, Tyler C. Johnson of Toombs County, and Nathaniel W. Taylor’s of Whitfield County.

Receiving a Bachelor of Science were: Leslie D. Kearse of Chatham County, Kelly H. Glisson of Evans County, Alicia R. Moore of Houston County, Tiffany M. Brantley of Johnson County, Valencia S. Aikens of Lowndes County, Nicole R. Moore of Tattnall County, Sandra D. Conner of Toombs County, and Christina Grobler of Hillsborough County, Florida.

Finally, Brianna D. Boyd of Newton County earned a certificate.

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