Georgia Governor to speak at graduation

Cydney Long

Georgia Governor Nathan Deal and 2014 Georgia Teacher of the Year Jemelleh Coes

will speak at the 2014 undergraduate and graduate commencement ceremonies,

respectively, according to a news release from GSU.

Gov. Deal will be the featured speaker at the undergraduate ceremony Saturday,

May 10, at 9 a.m. at Allen E. Paulson Stadium.

Gov. Deal, a native of Sandersville, has served as Georgia’s 82nd governor since

January of 2011. Before he became a member of Congress, Gov. Deal served in the

U.S. Army at Fort Gordon in Augusta.

Gov. Deal graduated from Mercer University with a degree in law, and then opened

his own private law practice in Gainesville, according to the news release.

Coes is an alumna of GSU and will speak during the commencement ceremony for

graduate students Friday, May 9, at 1 p.m. at Hanner Fieldhouse.

Coes has taught at Langston Chapel Middle School for six years as a special

education English language arts teacher.

According to the news release, long with being named the Georgia Teacher of the

Year, Coes is a consultant for the Georgia Professional Standards Commission,

a member of the Department of Education Teacher Advisory Board, a Georgia

Partnership of Excellence in Education board member and was appointed to

Georgia’s Network for Transforming Educator Preparation Advisory Council.