U.S. Rep. John Barrow to Address Graduating Class in Savannah

June 24, 2010

U.S. Rep. John Barrow Saint Leo University’s Savannah graduating class of 2010 will gather at the Johnny Mercer Theatre at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 26, for its local commencement ceremony.

U.S. Rep. John Barrow (D-Savannah) will address his fellow local residents.

Barrow was first elected in 2004 to represent Georgia’s 12th Congressional District, including Savannah, Augusta and neighboring areas. He sits on the Energy and Commerce Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives. Prior to running for Congress, Barrow served on the Athens-Clarke County Commission and before that he practiced law locally. He holds a bachelor’s degree in political science and history from the University of Georgia and a law degree from Harvard Law School.

The congressman’s audience will include up to 91 degree recipients and their families. Degrees to be awarded include the Master of Science in criminal justice, Master of Business Administration, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Associate of Arts. The graduates are typically working adults from both the military and civilian communities locally.

Two students have been chosen to speak at the ceremony as well. The first, U.S. Air Force Tech. Sgt. Richard W. Kaufman of Pooler, is graduating magna cum laude with the Bachelor of Arts in business administration. Kaufman maintained his high grades even though he was stationed in Iraq for 18 months during his coursework. He returned in April 2010. The second student speaker, Charles R. Fillyaw, another resident of Pooler, is also graduating magna cum laude, with a Bachelor of Science in computer information systems.

Saint Leo University has been serving the Savannah area since 1974.