Piedmont holds graduation ceremonies May 4
(Undergraduate Commencement) (Undergraduate Diplomas)
(Graduate Commencement) (Graduate Diplomas)

Piedmont College held its spring Commencement ceremonies at the Johnny Mize Athletic Center on Saturday, May 4.

There were two ceremonies, with graduate students marching at 10 a.m. and undergraduate students walking during the second ceremony at 2 p.m. The college also held a Baccalaureate service for undergraduates at 5 p.m., May 2.

The college confered degrees on 165 undergraduates and 187 graduate students, including six receiving Doctor of Education degrees.

At the Graduate Commencement, the speaker was Dr. Wanda Creel, Superintendent of the Barrow County School System. Creel has served as an associate state school superintendent, a district level assistant superintendent, an elementary principal, and as a middle school assistant principal. She has taught middle and high school and as an adjunct professor for graduate educational leadership programs. Her experiences in the K-12 arena and beyond provide a broad perspective on the field of school improvement and increased student achievement in Georgia.

At the Undergraduate Commencement, the speaker was Wes Sarginson, whose career as a journalist, broadcaster, and author spans 40 years. Sarginson anchored for nine years in Tampa, Fla., before coming to Atlanta, where he was co-anchor for 11Alive News, retiring in 2009. Sarginson has covered presidential campaigns, international events, and has appeared in several movies.

The Baccalaureate speaker was the Reverend Doctor Elizabeth E. Bingham, now in her 21st year as Senior Minister at Pilgrim Congregational Church in Pomona, Calif. Dr. Bingham previously served churches in Anchorage, Alaska; Milwaukee, Wis.; and Sherman Oaks, Calif. She also served as a chaplain at Columbia Hospital in Milwaukee, and she is a member of the Piedmont Board of Trustees.