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Board of Regents member to speak at GGC commencement

Kenneth R. Bernard Jr.

Kenneth R. Bernard Jr.

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents plans to present the commencement address at Georgia Gwinnett College's Dec. 20 winter ceremony.

Kenneth R. Bernard Jr. will speak at the event, which is scheduled to be held at the Gwinnett Center.

"We are honored to have Regent Bernard address our largest graduating class to date," said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. "His personal story of how he overcame challenges to succeed will surely resonate with our students, many of whom have faced similar obstacles."

More than 250 students will receive their degrees at the ceremony, a full 100 more than last year's winter ceremony.

Bernard represents the 13th Congressional District on the Board of Regents, the governing body for the University System of Georgia. Former Gov. Sonny Perdue appointed him to the board in 2007 for a seven-year term.

He currently serves as chairman of the Audit, Risk, and Compliance Committee, and previously served two terms as chairman of the Organization and Law Committee, which oversees the legal affairs of the 35 public universities and colleges in Georgia. He also served as the inaugural chairman of the Health Professions and Education Committee.

In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Bernard was named chairman of the University System of Georgia Foundation, Inc., which is a cooperative organization of the Board of Regents. The foundation administers scholarships, grants and awards in furtherance of the public universities and colleges of Georgia.