May 20, 2013
Torrential downpours accompanied by thunder and lightning seemed tailor-made for
this year’s unofficial theme for Commencement – Overcoming Obstacles.
But nothing could dampen the enthusiasm nor curtail the event. The ceremony was
moved to Callaway Auditorium and divided into two sessions. All undergraduates,
except for nursing, received their diplomas at the 8:30 a.m. exercise, while the
graduate degree recipients were honored at an 10:30 a.m. ceremony.
James H. Shepherd Jr., founder of The Shepherd Center in Atlanta, was the keynote
speaker and received an honorary doctorate. Shepherd and his parents founded the
facility after he was paralyzed in a body-surfing accident when he was 22.
Deedee Godwin Williams ’74 was lauded as the winner of the Distinguished Service
The college awarded about 275 degrees during its 182nd Commencement.
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