Dear Editor

On May 16, my grandson graduated, with high honors, with his BBA in management from Georgia Gwinnett College. This was a landmark event in our family.

My grandson graduated, also with honors, from Dacula High School and looked forward to continuing his education at GGC.

Working part-time and keeping high grades enabled the appreciated Hope Scholarship to also be available. And after years of intensive effort, family support and study, the day finally arrived — college graduation.

We arrived at the Infinite Energy Center well before the doors opened at 9 a.m. The ceremony began at 10 a.m.

When keynote speaker, Andrea Young, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Georgia, took the podium the mood of celebration received a “cold bucket of water” thrown over the entire ceremony.

After establishing the fact that she was “pretty proud of herself” based on her personal accomplishments and name dropping past and present acquaintances, she proceeded to espouse the basic needs and neglect regarding gender and minorities.

She even went as far as to tell graduates to not be discouraged if they did not make much money following what they spent and sacrificed to achieve.

Most of these graduates received degrees to achieve positive goals through what has long been promised as the American way.

GCC failed to recognize the efforts of the masses to emphasize the liberal agenda that is slowly over taking our colleges and universities.

No matter what field or purpose in life that graduates strive for, give them praise and uplifting keynote speakers, not political mouthpieces.

GCC, your graduates deserve better.

D.W. Pyles