Naval Commander And Savannah State Alumna To Speak At SSU Commencement


Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews
Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews

The 186th Commencement Ceremony of Savannah State University (SSU) will take place Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. at T. A. Wright Stadium.

The commencement speaker is alumna Rear Admiral Annie B. Andrews ‘83, commander, Navy Recruiting Command. As a Navy human resources officer her assignments have been in the areas of manpower, personnel, training and education.

Andrews served as commanding officer of Boston Military Entrance Processing Station, Navy Recruiting District San Francisco, and Recruit Training Command (RTC), Great Lakes. During her tour at RTC, she led the training efforts of over 100,000 sailors for duty in the fleet and was instrumental in the commissioning of the Navy’s only immersive simulator trainer, the USS Trayer also known as Battle Stations 21.

Andrews earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Criminal Justice from Savannah State University, and a Master of Science Degree in Management from Troy State University. She has been conferred an honorary doctorate degree in Humane Letters from Wilson College in Chambersburg, Pennsylvania.

Her military education includes a master’s degree in National Security and Strategic Studies from the College of Naval Command and Staff, Naval War College, Newport, Rhode Island, and she is a graduate of the Armed Forces Staff College, Norfolk.

During the ceremony, nearly 400 students are expected to receive bachelor’s and master’s degrees.

The ceremony will be held at the T.A. Wright Stadium, with overflow locations streaming the event live. Overflow locations are Torian Auditorium in the Howard Jordan Building, Ballroom C in the Student Union, and Room 115 in the Social Sciences Building. The ceremony will be available by webcast at each overflow location. In the case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved to Tiger Arena. Any change of venue will be announced via savannahstate.edu and the university’s internal alert system.

Additional information about commencement can be found here: www.savannahstate.edu/ academic- affairs/ commencement. shtml. The ceremony will be streamed live here: http:// www.ustream.tv/channel/ savannah-state-university 186th-commencement. Follow the event on social media using #SavState15.


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