Monday, May 11, 2009
The University of West Georgia conducted the largest commencement ceremony in its history on Saturday with almost 850 graduate and undergraduate students receiving diplomas.
The ceremony also marked the first commencement held in the newest building on campus, The Coliseum, which houses academic classrooms and a 7,000 seat venue for a variety of community and university events.
Dr. Willis Hurst, a 1939 UWG alumnus and a leader in cardiology as a teacher, researcher, clinician and writer, received a UWG Honorary Degree. Raised in Carrollton and a graduate of West Georgia College, Hurst is a founding father of the Emory Clinic. He expanded the School of Medicine to ensure the Atlanta region’s access to cardiac care and is well known for his work at Emory University and as the author and editor of more than 60 books.
Dr. Beheruz N. Sethna, professor of business and president of the university since 1994, delivered the commencement address at two ceremonies held at 9 a.m. and noon.
President Sethna has been an invited speaker to more than 100 civic clubs and meetings, and universities in many U.S. states and foreign countries, including the University of Oxford in England. He has received Resolutions of Commendation from the Senate of the State of Georgia and the Board of Regents, and has been named among the 100 Most Influential Georgians three times. He has also received the prestigious Cornerstone Award from the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia.
The university, founded in 1906, is located 45 minutes west of Atlanta on a beautiful 645-acre campus. West Georgia is a leading doctoral granting institution that offers 115 undergraduate and graduate degree programs, and specialist and certificate programs to more than 11,000 enrolled students.