Commencement Speakers Announced for Spring Graduation

Nadia Dreid

With graduation quickly approaching, the commencement speakers have officially been announced for each ceremony.

Judge Dean Bucci, a Superior Court judge for the Paulding Judicial Circuit, will be the speaker for the undergraduate ceremony held Saturday, May 9 at Paulson Stadium. Bucci was appointed by Governor Nathan Deal earlier this year, making him the first Hispanic Superior Court Judge in Georgia.

According to Gov. Deal’s website, Bucci graduated from Georgia Southern University with a degree in business administration and received his law degree from the University of Georgia.

Director of the Highlander Research and Education Center Pamela McMichael will speak at the commencement ceremony for graduate students held Friday, May 8 in Hanner Fieldhouse. Highlander “serves as a catalyst for grassroots organizing and movement building in Appalachia and the U.S. South,” according to the organization’s web page.

According to her company bio, McMichael was a national fellow for the Rockefeller Foundation leadership project and for eight years was co-director of Southerners on New Ground, an organization dedicated to being a “home for LBGTQ liberation across all lines of race, class, abilities, age, culture, gender and sexuality in the South.”

The graduation commencement ceremony will be held Friday, May 8 at 1 p.m. in Hanner Fieldhouse.

The undergraduate ceremony will be held Saturday, May 9 at 9 a.m. in Paulson Stadium. Both ceremonies are open to anyone who wishes to attend.