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Georgia Southern University Celebrates Fall 2008 Commencement

05-13 Georgia Southern University Holds First Graduate CommencementGeorgia Southern University honored approximately 1,250 graduates and their families at the Fall 2008 Commencement at Hanner Fieldhouse on Dec. 12.

The Fall 2008 graduates represented 21 countries and 22 states; however, 92 percent of the graduates were native Georgians. The youngest graduate was 21 years old, and the oldest was 61. The average age for the fall graduating class was 25.

Thirty-two students received doctoral degrees from the College of Education, the youngest of whom was 29. Women comprised 55 percent of Georgia Southern’s Fall 2008 graduates (689 of 1,250).

A Georgia Southern alumna recognized as the nation’s top principal was the speaker for the 9 a.m. ceremony for the College of Education, College of Health and Human Sciences and Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health. Molly Howard, principal of Jefferson County High School in Louisville, Ga., was chosen as the 2007 Georgia High School Principal of the Year and was most recently named the 2008 National High School Principal of the Year, sponsored by MetLife and the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

The speaker for the 11 a.m. ceremony for the College of Business Administration and College of Information Technology was Ann Bordelon, the Senior Vice President/Chief Audit Executive of Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. In her current role, which she has held since June 2007, Bordelon is responsible for overseeing a global staff of 500 in 14 countries. Prior to her current role, Bordelon was the Vice President of Finance for Wal-Mart’s U.S. real estate division.

Georgia Southern University alumnus Chris Hobson was the speaker for the 1 p.m. ceremony for the College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences and Allen E. Paulson College of Science and Technology. Hobson is the Senior Vice President for Research and Environmental Affairs for Southern Company. He is responsible for system-wide environmental issues and environmental compliance planning as well as research and development of new technology to address future challenges.

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