Armstrong Hosts 2013 Winter Commencement
(Dec. 7, 2013) – Armstrong Atlantic State University hosted the 2013 Winter Commencement on Saturday, December 7, conferring degrees on more than 650 students in two graduation ceremonies at the Armstrong Sports Center's Alumni Arena.
Armstrong recognized students receiving master's degrees, bachelor's degrees and associate's degrees in a wide range of fields. Students from the College of Liberal Arts, College of Education, College of Health Professions and College of Science and Technology marched in a colorful processional and were honored by Armstrong officials.
For the first time in the university's history, Armstrong recognized active duty military and veterans at the 2013 Winter Commencement Ceremonies. Graduates who have served or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces donned patriotic red, white and blue cords over their traditional graduation gowns at the commencement ceremonies.
Armstrong president Dr. Linda M. Bleicken welcomed the 2013 graduates and their families to Winter Commencement.
“This is a day when we celebrate the achievements, hopes and dreams of our students and their family and loved ones,” she said. “This is always one of my favorite days of the year at Armstrong.”
Brassler USA president Don L. Waters – also a University System of Georgia Regent and a 1975 graduate of Armstrong – served as the keynote speaker for both commencement ceremonies. Waters, who was recently inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame, discussed the importance of having a positive attitude in life, citing President John F. Kennedy, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr., President Ronald Reagan and Nelson Mandela as inspiring examples.
“Attitude is impossible to teach, but it's a choice we all have to make,” he told Armstrong's class of 2013. “Those people who have the most profound impact on society have a positive attitude. Bring a positive attitude to everything you do.”
Graduating students like Jasmine Holmes, who recently completed a B.A. in Psychology at Armstrong, plan to bring positive attitudes to their jobs upon graduation. Holmes will start a full-time position as a life skills specialist at Greenbriar Children's Center in Savannah shortly after graduation.
“I'm blessed, I'm humbled and I'm grateful,” Holmes enthused. “I've had a wonderful four years at Armstrong and am excited about the future.”