Congrats to 540 Grads

Monday, December 8, 2008

The University of West Georgia commencement ceremonies will be held in the Campus Center Gymnasium on Saturday, Dec. 13, at 9 a.m., noon and 3 p.m. Approximately 400 undergraduate and 140 graduate students will cross the stage to receive their diploma.

Undergraduates from the College of Arts and Sciences will be awarded degrees at the 9 a.m. ceremony and will be addressed by state Rep. Mark Butler (R-Carrollton.) Named the 2008 Legislator of the Year by the Atlanta Regional Council, Butler serves on several committees including the House Appropriations, Economic Development and Tourism and Governmental Affairs.

The noon ceremony will feature Richards College of Business and the College of Education undergraduates with guest speaker state Sen. Bill Hamrick (R- Carroll, Douglas, Paulding.) A practicing attorney in Carrollton, Hamrick has been recognized in “40 Under 40” by Georgia Trend, chairs the Banking and Financial Institution and the Criminal Justice Subcommittee on Appropriations, and is vice-chair of the Senate Rules Committee. He is also chairing the Senate Study Committee to rewrite the Juvenile Justice Code.

At 3 p.m. students from the School of Nursing and the Graduate School will receive their diplomas with state Rep. Lynn Smith (R-Coweta, Heard) as the guest speaker. Elected to the house in 1997, Smith is chair of the Natural Resources and Environment Committee and is an author and strong advocate of environmental legislation in Georgia. She is also vice-chair of the environment committee in the non-governmental organization (NGO) National Conference of State Legislatures.

For more information, call 678-839-6464.