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Class Notes: UNG summer commencement set for Saturday
Graduation scheduled for 2 p.m. in Memorial Hall Gymnasium
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University of North Georgia graduating seniors will toss their caps Saturday at the Dahlonega campus.

The summer commencement ceremony will be held at 2 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium and will honor graduates from all campuses, according to a release from the university.

Tickets are required for the ceremony. Students can pick up their graduation packets with their designated amount of six tickets beginning this week at the bookstore on their home campus. UNG asks graduating students to arrive by 1:15 p.m. to line up for the ceremony.

A separate commissioning ceremony will also be held at 8 a.m. Saturday for members of the Corps of Cadets entering the armed forces as second lieutenants.

Individual commissioning ceremonies for 16 cadets will be held in the Brooks Pennington Jr. Military Leadership Center, and a reception will be held before each ceremony in room 112 of the center.

The guest speaker for the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony will be Britney Vickery, CEO and founder of Initials, Inc., which “is a national home party plan company offering only the best in personalized products with free personalization,” according to its website.

Vickery began her career in a Fortune 100 company in 1997, and she later moved into collegiate advancement. She left corporate America upon the arrival of her first child and started Initials, Inc. from a spare bedroom in her Georgia home a year later.

Vickery is a graduate of Valdosta State University with a bachelor’s degree in organizational communications.

For more information about summer commencement, including information and instructions for graduates, visit UNG’s commencement website at

Piedmont College named ‘College of Distinction’

Piedmont College was recently recognized for some innovative learning opportunities that connect its students with the community.

The college earned the recognition from Colleges of Distinction, a national college guide for high school students and undergraduates.

To be considered for the Colleges of Distinction honor, schools are evaluated according to four criteria: engaged students, great teaching, vibrant community and successful outcomes.

The review process also looks at a college’s freshman experience, general education program, strategic plan, and alumni success and satisfaction.

“Colleges of Distinction is delighted to honor Piedmont College for its success in expanding programming by developing competencies relevant to graduates’ lives,” said Tyson Schritter, executive editor for Colleges of Distinction. “Active engagement is well recognized as a key to ensuring that undergraduates get the most out of their educations, and it has a proven correlation with on-time graduation as well.”

Piedmont President James Mellichamp said the college’s selection was based on several assets, particularly its programs that engage students with the surrounding community and the wider world.

The college recently created a program called Compass that encourages students to partner with community agencies and documents their contributions.

“Compass has created a lot of synergy between our students and organizations across northeast Georgia,” Mellichamp said. “They have been involved in projects ranging from creating an Olympic-style sports event for area special-needs students, to helping monitor area rivers for pollution.”

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