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Gainesville High awards 3 honorary diplomas to community members
Honorary diplomas
Pat Burd, Bob Hamrick and Donna Hall received honorary diplomas from Gainesville High in May. - photo by For The Times
Gainesville High School in May conferred three honorary diplomas to members of the community who uphold the school’s mission and who help sustain the support of its students.

Pat Burd, Bob Hamrick and Donna Hall were this year’s three honorees.

Burd served as a counselor in the Gainesville and Hall County school systems until her retirement. She earned an honorary doctorate from Brenau University, serves on the Northeast Georgia History Center board and, since 2005, has been a member of the Georgia Student Finance Commission.

Hamrick served in the U.S. Army and worked at the J. D. Jewell company and Home Federal Savings and Loan. He was elected to the Gainesville City Council in 1969 and served 46 years.

Hall is a youth leader at Lanier Hills Church, on the Fellowship of Christian Athletes board and has been a board member of Gainesville High’s Theatre Friends for more than two decades.

The GHS Governance Council, comprised of parents, teachers and administrators, considers nominations for honorary diplomas each spring. Recipients must be living, not a graduate of a Gainesville city high school (Gainesville High, E. E. Butler High or Fair Street High) and demonstrate outstanding support for the school and its students.


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