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Georgia Gwinnett College

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As the nation”s first four-year public college in the 21st century, Georgia Gwinnett College offers four-year baccalaureate degrees taught on a high-tech campus with a practical, hands-on, real-world emphasis.

A wide range of programs and concentrations in biology, business, psychology and information technology give today”s students many choices. As the college grows, so will the areas of study students will be able to choose from – education, criminal justice, political science, nursing and exercise science – just to name a few.

Just weeks ago, the Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia approved three new majors for the college – a bachelor of arts in English, a bachelor of arts in history and a bachelor of science in mathematics. Each of these majors will include a concentration in teacher certification as will the college”s existing biology major.

As part of the University System of Georgia, GGC is committed

to providing a high-quality, four-year public college education that is affordable at only $100 per credit hour. For students who qualify, the Office of Financial Aid will assist students in finding the funding necessary through scholarships, grants, loans or a combination of these resources.

Because of GGC”s location, students may choose to live at home and commute or enjoy a more time-honored college experience by living in the newly constructed student housing that will be available in the fall of 2010 for on-campus living. Today”s student will mold and shape the campus from what it is today into tomorrow”s preeminent institution of higher learning.

Students at GGC also can look forward to the 2010 opening of a new 90,000 square foot, state-of-the-art library and a student center that also is expected to open in 2010, housing an expansive cafeteria and a contemporary bookstore.

For more information about Georgia Gwinnett College, visit www.ggc.usg.edu.

Petraeus offers advice to graduates
U.S. Central Command Commander David H. Petraeus addressed the 38 students graduating from Georgia Gwinnett College in May, telling them that they are walking on untrodden ground and future generations of GGC graduates will stand on their shoulders as history is written.

"In the military we celebrate the legacies, the traditions and the histories of our units . . . We follow in the footsteps of those who came before us and build on the history that they helped us write," Petraeus told the graduates. "For Georgia Gwinnett College, history lies ahead, not behind. Indeed, for those of you graduating today, yours are the shoulders on which future generations of GGC graduates will stand." 

"As those of you graduating today move on from Georgia Gwinnett College, you have the opportunity to help define its character, its culture, its hallmarks. And as you go about doing that, I would urge you to keep in mind the wisdom in Teddy Roosevelt”s assertion that “far and away the best prize that life has to offer is the chance to work hard at work worth doing."

The commencement ceremony was the college”s third since the college opened in 2006, and the largest class in the institution”s history. The students received degrees in business administration, psychology and biology.

Gen. Petraeus was invited to speak to the graduates earlier this year by his long-time friend and GGC President Daniel J. Kaufman, a retired Army brigadier general. Gen. Petraeus and Dr. Kaufma