Atlanta Ceremony Saturday for 260 New Graduates

June 03, 2011

Atlanta Ceremony Saturday’s Saint Leo University commencement in Atlanta will bring 260 new graduates and their families to the Atlanta Civic Center for a noon ceremony.

The graduates will be addressed by Atlanta Police Chief George Turner (pictured), a native of the city. The chief began his career in the department in 1981 and completed his bachelor’s degree from Saint Leo in 2008. In July 2010, he was appointed chief by Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed, with oversight of nearly 1,860 officers.

Both undergraduate and graduate degrees will be awarded to adult learners on Saturday. The largest group, 175 of the 260 adult learners participating, earned either the Bachelor of Arts degree or the Bachelor of Science degree. Their academic fields of study include: accounting, business, computer information systems, criminal justice, health care administration, human resource administration, psychology, religion, and sociology. Another 36 individuals are graduating with the Associate of Arts degree.

Graduate degrees to be awarded include the Master of Business Administration degree, the Master of Education degree, and the Master of Science degree in criminal justice.

Two undergraduates were selected to deliver farewell addresses to the class: Shirley Barge, who has earned a degree in business, and Marianna Boykins, who has earned a degree in criminal justice.