Congratulations, Class of 2015!
Armstrong State University hosted the 2015 Spring Commencement on Saturday, May 9, 2015, conferring degrees on more than 750 students in a graduation ceremony at the Savannah Civic Center.
Armstrong recognized students receiving master degrees, bachelor degrees and associate 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.
University President Dr. Linda M. Bleicken warmly welcomed the 2015 graduates and their families to Spring Commencement. Dr. Joseph A. Buck III, a past president of the Savannah-Chatham County Board of Education and the current executive champion of Savannah Graduates, a new community-wide initiative focused on creating a more educated workforce in Chatham County, delivered the commencement speech. He emphasized the importance of self-reflection and community service to the new graduates.
“We live in a busy, busy world,” he told the Armstrong’s class of 2015. “Make time each day to be by yourself and process the world around you.”
Buck also stressed a sense of duty and how important it is that graduates reach out to help those who need it most.
“You have hope and you have direction,” he noted. “Work hard to help someone else find that.”
Buck moved to Savannah in 1968 to become Armstrong’s director of student activities. Throughout his 39-year career at the university, he held a number of other positions including dean of student affairs, vice president for student affairs and vice president for student affairs emeritus.
After his retirement in 2006, he and his wife, Marilyn, established the Joseph A. and Marilyn M. Buck Leadership Scholarship at Armstrong. The scholarship is awarded to a freshman who exhibits exemplary leadership qualities.
Graduate Amber Howell, who just completed a B.A. of Liberal Studies and a minor in Health Science, will return to Armstrong in the fall to begin a Master of Arts in Professional Communication and Leadership while serving as a graduate assistant in the athletics department.
“I had a very good experience at Armstrong,” she noted. “You learn a lot about life.”
Aspiring educator Elizabeth Aguilar, who earned an undergraduate degree in Spanish and plans to pursue a Master of Arts in Spanish, raved about her time at Armstrong.
“This is the best experience I have had in a school in the U.S.,” said Aguilar, who moved to the United States from Mexico 12 years ago. “Even though my native language is Spanish, I learned a lot from the professors at Armstrong.”