Savannah State University’s (SSU) 194th Commencement will be held on Saturday, May 11, 9 a.m., Tiger Arena. A master’s degree hooding ceremony will be held Friday, May 10, 5 p.m., Tiger Arena. Approximately 450 students will graduate with associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees during the ceremonies.
The undergraduate commencement speaker will be President Cheryl Davenport Dozier. Dozier will retire as president of Savannah State at the end of June. Dozier earned a bachelor’s degree from Fairleigh Dickinson University, a master’s degree in social work from Atlanta University (now Clark-Atlanta University) and a doctorate in social work from Hunter College at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. Dozier served eight years at Savannah State. She took office in 2011, following a 17-year career at the University of Georgia.
A master’s degree hooding and ceremony will be held Friday, May 10, 5 p.m., Tiger Arena, with speaker Beauty Baldwin ‘63. A renowned math teacher and school administrator, Baldwin made history in 1984 when she became superintendent of Buford City Schools — the first black female to lead a Georgia public school district. An elementary school named in her honor opened in Gwinnett County in 2015. Baldwin will also receive an honorary doctorate from Savannah State on May 11.