Active Duty Military and Veterans to be Recognized at Winter Commencement

(Nov. 26, 2013) Armstrong Atlantic State University will recognize active duty military and veterans on Saturday, Dec. 7 at the 2013 Winter Commencement Ceremonies. For the first time in the university's history, graduates who are serving or have served in the U.S. Armed Forces will don patriotic red, white and blue cords over their traditional graduation caps and gowns.

Nearly 40 graduates wearing the special cords will participate in two commencement ceremonies taking place at Armstrong's Sports Center. The morning processional will start at 9:45 a.m., with the first ceremony beginning at 10 a.m. The afternoon processional will start at 1:15 p.m., with the second ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. University System of Georgia Regent Don L. Waters will keynote speaker for both ceremonies.

Waters is an Armstrong alumnus and an accomplished business leader who serves as the chairman, president and CEO of Brasseler USA, the leading brand for precision steel, tungsten carbide and diamond coated instruments used by dental and medical professionals. He was inducted into the Savannah Business Hall of Fame in November 2013. Earlier this year, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Waters to represent the First Congressional District of Georgia as a member of the Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia. He also serves as chair of the finance committee and is a member of the board of directors for the Georgia Regents University Health System and a Trustee Emeritus for the University of Georgia Foundation.

A former member of the board of trustees for Armstrong Atlantic State University Foundation and a graduate of Leadership Savannah, Waters has an extensive legacy of community involvement. In addition to serving as chairman of the board of Brasseler USA, he serves on the Advisory Boards of the New York University College of Dentistry in New York and the UCLA College of Dentistry in Los Angeles.

Locally, Waters serves as the chairman of the board of trustees for both Union Mission, Inc. and the Chatham County Hospital Authority. Over the years, he has served on boards for the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah Economic Development Authority, Telfair Museums and Savannah Country Day School.