Savannah State University held its 180th commencement ceremony at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 5, 2012, in Tiger Arena. Approximately 300 students received undergraduate and graduate degrees. Larry Ellis, member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, was the guest speaker. Also during the ceremony, an SSU undergraduate was presented with the President’s Second Mile Award, given each year during May commencement. The award recognizes stellar leadership on campus and in the Savannah community.
Established in 1890, Savannah State University is the oldest public historically black college or university in Georgia and the oldest institution of higher learning in the city of Savannah. The university’s 4,500 students select majors from 25 undergraduate and five graduate programs in the School of Teacher Education and three colleges: Liberal Arts and Social Sciences, Business Administration and Sciences and Technology