Athens State University’s graduation exercises will be held in the Carter Physical Education Gymnasium on Saturday, December 5 with three separate ceremonies.
At 9 a.m., the College of Business will commence with Deborah McGee, Senior Human Resources/Finance executive with PZI International Consulting in Huntsville, giving the address.
McGee has a high degree of business acumen and is proficient in shaping and executing both domestic and global human resources/finance strategies to achieve business goals. In her career, she has a demonstrated ability to be a catalyst for realizing optimal organizational effectiveness through the development and implementation of competitive and innovative human resources strategies, policies and programs focused on talent management, succession planning, change management, leadership development, performance management, and total rewards.
At noon, the College of Education will present diplomas to their graduates with Vicki Hawsey Karolewics, President of Wallace State Community College, serving as the college’s keynote speaker.
A visionary leader with an enthusiasm for innovation, Dr. Karolewics has transformed Wallace State in rural Hanceville, Alabama into one of the top 120 community colleges in the nation as recognized by the Aspen Institute, and among the top 50 colleges in the country for the health care graduates it produces as reported in Community College Week. The Chronicle of Higher Education recognized Wallace State as having among the highest graduation rates of the nation’s two-year colleges. And, when the college joined the prestigious Achieving the Dream initiative in 2012, it was already recognized as being among the most advanced community colleges in the consortium based on her commitment to excellence and positive student outcomes.
At 3 p.m., the College of Arts and Sciences’ graduation ceremony will be held with Tasia Malakasis serving as the keynote speaker.
Malakasis is CEO and president of Belle Chevre, an award-winning creamery located in Elkmont, Alabama, and author of two cookbooks, Tasia’s Table and Southern Made Fresh published by Southern Living. She has been named by Southern Living magazine as one of the 50 People Who Are Changing the South, one of the 75 Most Stylish Southerners, and “The newly minted big cheese” by O, The Oprah Magazine.
Approximately 300 students will march encompassing the graduating classes for the three colleges for the 2015 fall semester.
Athens State’s commencement ceremonies are free and open to the public. For more information call 256-233-8296.