On Saturday, May 4, 2013 Approximately 360 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees – the largest graduating class in SSU’s history.
Members of the graduating classes of 1948 and 1973 were also be at the ceremony to celebrate their 65th and 40th anniversaries, respectively. A reception for the classes of 1948 and 1973 was held at noon Saturday at the SSU Foundation Extension and Resource Center.
The graduation was scheduled to be held at T. A.Wright Stadium in order to better accommodate the increased number of graduates and their guests, but the inclement weather forced the ceremony to be held in Tiger Arena.
Included among the graduating seniors is Simone Porter, a mass communications major and intern at The Savannah Tribune and Tony Jordan, a mass communications major and founder and director of programs for All Walks of Life, Inc. (AWOL), a Savannah non-profit organization that provides arts and technology education for atrisk youth. Jordan launched AWOL in 1997 while a student at Savannah State. After graduation, he plans to expand AWOL to the Atlanta area and attend graduate school at Georgia State University.
Another notable graduate is Elizabeth Wright, a social work major and Army veteran who was stationed at Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah. Wright transferred to SSU after completing two years at Savannah Technical College. She was selected to represent the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences as a featured speaker at the 2013 Honors Convocation held in March and is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the Social Workers of Tomorrow.