Commencement: GSU seniors taking the next step

The Fall 2013 Commencement Ceremony will take place on Wednesday, December 18, 2013, at 2:00 p.m. in The Georgia Dome. While students are not required to attend commencement in order to graduate from Georgia State, over 90 percent of this semester’s graduating class are expected to participate in commencement.

In a message to the Fall 13′ graduating class Georgia State President Mark Becker congratulates students of this class for all of their hard work and dedication.

“We really appreciate all of the students- transfers, 4 years, Masters and Doctoral students,” President Becker said. “We as a university community are truly grateful that these young men and women saw their education through to the end, and that they chose to gain that education with us. Now it’s time for the next step in their lives.”

Students agree that it can be an emotional process crossing the stage to receive their diploma’s.

“I am almost 100 percent positive that I’m going to break down when I come across that stage,” says Ayesha Gordon, a soon to be Master of Communication. “It’s just been such a long process, and it’s been so hard with raising my daughter and working, but now I feel like it’s all going to pay off. I’ve got my degree in the bag and I already have an interview for an office position with a company I interned at for 2 years. I can’t put into words what I’m feeling right now.”

Students are expected to arrive at the Georgia Dome at 12:30 P.M to get organized in the appropriate Undergraduate and Graduate degree classifications. After everyone is situated and all guests have been seated, the keynote speaker for the ceremony will give his/her speech (the identity of this commencement’s speaker is unknown at this time). That speech will end at roughly at 2:00 P.M, and the ceremonial procedures will get underway.

After all of the graduates have walked across the stage, there will be an after-party which begins promptly at 4:00 P.M. All in all, a momentous day for everyone involved.

Miss Gordon may not be the only student who finds herself caught up in the emotions of the moment at the ceremony in two weeks. While it can be emotional, students agree that it’s a happy day for everyone involved.