AMERICUS, GA (WTVM) - Georgia Southwestern State University (GSW) will hold its Spring 2013 Commencement ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 4 in Convocation Hall of the GSW Student Success Center. Georgia Sen. Jason Carter is the commencement speaker.
A ninth-generation Georgian, Carter is the grandson of former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. President Carter is set to introduce his grandson during commencement.
Elected to Georgia Senate District 42 on May 11, 2010, Sen. Carter is an attorney at Bondurant, Mixson & Elmore, LLP. In addition to his business practice, he has received numerous awards for his pro-bono efforts and leadership within the bar. Prior to joining his current firm, Carter served as a law clerk to the Honorable Frank Mays Hull of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit.
Carter is active in many aspects of community service and sits on the boards of several charitable and public interest organizations, including the DeKalb Women's Resource Center to End Domestic Violence, the Georgia Afterschool Investment Council and the Carter Center. Carter also served as a United States Peace Corps volunteer in Lochiel, South Africa.
He received his undergraduate degree from Duke University and his law degree from the University of Georgia summa cum laude. Carter and his wife Kate have two young sons and live in DeKalb County.
With 320 students expected to graduate, ample space for guests is limited. Family and friends of graduates are encouraged to arrive early.
Eugenia Bryan, Ph.D., associate professor of English and 2012 GSW Excellence & Commitment to Teaching Award recipient, will serve as the Macebearer and deliver the reflection. Greg Hawver, Ed.D., professor and department chair of Health and Human Performance, will be the Grand Marshal.
A graduation breakfast is planned for 8:15 a.m. in the Marshall Student Center Dining Hall.