Graduation is almost here!!
Other recognitions during commencement will include:
David Mathis, assistant director of athletics will be honored with the
President’s Meritorious Service Award given each year by the President
of the institution in recognition of the work of an individual on behalf
of the college.
Carolyn Hamrick, Associate Professor of Reading and Dean of the
Cartersville Campus, will receive the Wesley C. Walraven Faculty Award
posthumously to honor her years of service and leadership at GHC
Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and executive director of SAAB national organization, will give the commencement address.
Dr. Bledsoe resides in Toledo, Ohio. He was born and raised in Grenada,
Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s of
Education degree from Mississippi State University. He earned his Ph.D.
in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from the University of
Georgia; and was chosen as the Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State
of Georgia and was most recently recognized as the Outstanding Doctoral
Alumnus by the University of Georgia.
Recently, he served as Vice President for Student Life and Special
Assistant to the President at The University of Toledo but has now
transitioned temporarily to the role of Executive Director of the SAAB
National Headquarters. He is the founder of the Student African American
Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), which is a national organization
established to enhance the experiences of and instill a “spirit of care”
in African American males in high schools, colleges and universities
around the country. He is a contributing author of recently released
book “African American Men in College”, Jossey-Bass Publisher.
He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is very active in
the arena of higher education. He is highly recognized by several
professional associations for his research, publications, presentations
and scholarly work. In 1999, he was invited to Oxford, England to serve
as a guest lecturer to discuss his work with African American males at
the Oxford University Roundtable Institute, which is sponsored by the
British Council. Recently, he was invited to join an international
research team to address issues around men of color in Europe, Trinidad,
Barbados and the Bahamas. Also, he has appeared on talk shows such as
“Perfect Union” hosted by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to discuss his
work involving African American and Latino Males.
He is deemed as one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational
speakers by the thousands who have heard him speak. Recently, he was
chosen as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world by
the Ashoka International Organization. He is a very spiritual and
thought-provoking lecturer. And most importantly to him, he is the
father of one adult son, Tyrone Bledsoe, Jr.