Thursday, May 7, 2009

Clayton State Spring Commencement Honors Starr, Lee

Stockbridge and Clayton State’s Dolores Cox to Receive Second MALS Graduate Degree

Clayton State University will honor two of the seminal figures in the history of the University and Clayton County at its annual Spring Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 9.

In addition to Clayton State students receiving master’s, bachelors and associates degrees, the University will be awarding honorary doctorates to the late State Senator Terrell Starr and retired State Representative William J. “Bill” Lee. Both of these long-time public servants (Starr 38 years in the Senate, Lee 42 years in the House) were instrumental in the selection and location of a new University System of Georgia junior college in Clayton County in the 1960s. Although Starr passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, Apr. 19, 2009, that college, now Clayton State University, will go forward with its plans to honor this long-time public servant. Starr’s honorary doctorate will be awarded posthumously at the noon ceremony to his son, Terry Starr. Also present will be wife Celeste Starr and daughter JoAnn McJenkin. Lee will also be present to also receive his honorary degree.

The University’s dual spring commencement ceremonies will be held in the Athletics & Fitness Center. The first ceremony will be held at 9 a.m., the second starts at noon. Graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences will receive their diplomas at the noon ceremony, while graduates of the University’s other four schools – Business, Nursing, Information & Mathematical Sciences, and Professional Studies -- will take part in the 9 a.m. ceremony.

A total of 628 students will be eligible to graduate, including 32 students receiving master’s degrees. Thirty-one of the master’s recipients will be in the 9 a.m. ceremony as the first cohort from the Master’s of Business Administration program. The lone master’s degree awarded at noon will go to Dolores Cox (Stockbridge), communications coordinator in the Clayton State Office of University Image and Communications, and the second graduate of the University’s Master’s of Arts in Liberal Studies program.

Among the undergraduates receiving degrees at noon will be two more staff members from the Clayton State Division of External Relations, student assistants Ciji Fox (Stockbridge) and Tiffany Whidby (Morrow).

A unit of the University System of Georgia, Clayton State University is an outstanding comprehensive metropolitan university located 15 miles southeast of downtown Atlanta.
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