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Piedmont College to hold Commencement ceremonies May 11 in Demorest

May 6th, 2019

Piedmont College will mark Spring Commencement Week at the Athens and Demorest campuses May 8–11 with events and ceremonies for 322 new graduates.

The celebration will include two Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 11, with undergraduates entering the Johnny Mize Athletic Center in Demorest at 10 a.m. and graduate students collecting their diplomas at 2 p.m. (Due to event space limitations, tickets will be required for guest admission to the Mize Center for the 10 a.m. undergraduate Commencement.)

President James F. Mellichamp and Board Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III will present diplomas to 176 undergraduates receiving Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees. At the second ceremony, 146 graduates will receive advanced degrees, including Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees.

Commencement Week also will include special pinning ceremonies at the Demorest and Athens campuses for graduates of Piedmont’s R.H. Daniel School of Nursing and Health Sciences at 6 p.m., May 8 and May 9 respectively.

On Friday, May 10, the annual Senior Student-Athlete Award Ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Swanson Center, sponsored by the Piedmont College P-Club. Later, the graduating seniors will gather in the Chapel at the Demorest campus at 5 p.m. for the annual Baccalaureate service. The speaker will be Brett Younger, Senior Minister of Plymouth Church in Brooklyn, New York.

On Saturday, the speaker for the undergraduate Commencement ceremony will be Mike Plant, President and Chief Executive Officer of Development for the Atlanta Braves. At the graduate Commencement ceremony, the speaker will be Samira K. Beckwith, President and Chief Executive Officer of Hope Healthcare Services and chair of the National Hospice Foundation Board of Directors.

For more information about Commencement week, visit