900 Students to Graduate from Macon State | Business
Nearly 900 candidates for graduation will receive their degrees at the 2012 Macon State College commencement, scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 11, at the Macon Coliseum.
About 580 of those candidates will receive their bachelor's degrees, while the rest will collect associate’s degrees.
This year's graduation speaker is Dr. R. Kirby Godsey, chancellor of Mercer University. Prior to becoming chancellor, Godsey served as Mercer's president for 27 years. Under his leadership, Mercer grew to be among the largest Baptist-affiliated universities in the world. Godsey is a frequent lecturer and consultant on leadership and higher education administration and serves on a number of civic and professional boards and committees. He was named several times as one of the 100 most influential Georgians by Georgia Trend magazine.
Also speaking will be two seniors who were each named a President's Scholar, the college’s highest award given to candidates for graduation:
• Jacob "Jake" Wayne Morrison of Warner Robins is graduating magna cum laude with his bachelor's degree in information technology, with a concentration in networking technologies and administration. An Air Force veteran and current employee of the Medical Center of Central Georgia, Morrison was active in the college's Student Veterans Association and the Association of IT Students. He was the project manager for the School of Information Technology's new networking lab and found time to teach classes at a local technical college. In addition to being named President's Scholar, Morrison received this year's outstanding academic excellence award in network technologies and administration. Of his Macon State degree program he said, "I thought I knew everything there is to know about IT. Macon State taught me what IT really is."
• Maria Guadalupe Trejo of Warner Robins is graduating magna cum laude with her bachelor's degree in nursing. This is the second Macon State bachelor's degree for Trejo, who earned one in health services administration in 2008. She was active in the International Students and Studies Association and the Association of Nursing Students, and she volunteers for Habitat for Humanity. In addition to being named President's Scholar, Trejo received the outstanding academic excellence award in the pre-licensure B.S.N. program. Trejo is a native of Mexico who spoke little English when her family immigrated to the U.S. when she was a teenager, and her parents encouraged her to make education a priority. Representing Macon State as President's Scholar means "my parents' dream came true," Trejo said.
The 2012 graduation ceremony is scheduled to be the last for the institution known as Macon State College. Early this year, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia voted to consolidate eight USG colleges into four institutions. Macon State and Middle Georgia College were designated for consolidation into one new institution, a move scheduled to go into effect in January 2013. The consolidated institution will have a new name, which has not yet been selected.