Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Graduates, family, friends and honored guests arrived at the University of West Georgia Coliseum on Saturday, July 27, to celebrate the 2013 Summer Commencement. Dr. Kyle Marrero, UWG’s new president, served as master of ceremonies in his first commencement since taking office in July 2013.
Approximately 600 UWG students graduated on Saturday, and almost 2,600 guests were in attendance to celebrate their achievement. Marrero welcomed the graduates, family and friends, noting the excitement and importance of the day, and inviting them to cheer on their graduates. “This is indeed a day for celebration,” he said.
Paul Bowers, president and CEO of Georgia Power, served as the keynote speaker. In 1979, Bowers joined the Southern Company system at Gulf Power, one of the largest producers of electricity in the United States. He now serves as the president and chief executive officer of Georgia Power, an organization with a commitment to statewide community service, improving education, protecting the environment and promoting diversity. Prior to being named CEO, he was ranked one of the industry’s top three chief financial officers in America.
In his address, Bowers suggested a “top 10” list for success in life after graduating. He cited the importance of arriving early, balancing priorities and finding yourself. Above all he highlighted the graduates and their outstanding accomplishment. “If you hear nothing else, hear this,” he said. “Congratulations. Well done. You are a graduate.”
Marrero addressed the students and their families with excitement and enthusiasm, expressing the notion their journey is just beginning and that they will continue to be connected to UWG far into the future.
“What this institution has done for you, is to truly transform your lives from the people that you were when you arrived to the people you are today graduating,” he said. “As UWG succeeds, excels and grows, and as you succeed throughout your careers, your success is our success, and our success is your success.”