Staff Photo: Jason Braverman Georgia Gwinnett College graduates celebrate following the commencement ceremony on Thursday afternoon at the Gwinnett Center. The college graduated more than 250 students in its largest commencement to date.
LAWRENCEVILLE -- Suwanee native Ashley Allen said attending college has given her new prospects for the future.
With her business administration degree, Allen hopes to continue her endeavors in grad school.
"It's been a positive experience," Allen said. "I'm feeling good about graduating."
Allen was one of about 250 who graduated from Georgia Gwinnett College Thursday during the institution's largest commencement ceremony to date.
"After graduating our first, smaller classes, we are experiencing a dramatic increase in the size of our commencement ceremonies," said GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman. "We are delighted to see that these ceremonies are true family affairs, and that our students enjoy the support of their loved ones as they embark on bright and productive futures."
Kenneth Bernard, a member of the University System of Georgia Board of Regents, presented the event's keynote address.
He offered the following advice to new graduates: "Don't focus so much on building your resume. Let your life be the architect of your resume," Bernard said.
The ceremony on Thursday brought GGC's total alumni to about 950, almost twice as many as the previous year, when the college graduated its 500th student.
The spring 2013 commencement is slated to significantly surpass the 1,000-graduate mark.
When answering a questionnaire about their future plans, 60 percent of the graduates indicated plans to pursue an advanced degree, with several planning to pursue law or doctorates in medicine, veterinary or other field.
"This impressive trend speaks to the fact that GGC has succeeded in helping our students realize that they have the ability achieve much more than they may have ever thought possible," Kaufman said. "While we wish every graduate the promising future they and their families deserve, we especially acknowledge those who have set their sights on an advanced degree."