Georgia Highlands College

Georgia Highlands College commencement planned for May 15th

Founder of Student African American Brotherhood National Organization to give commencement address

Georgia Highlands College Commencement will be held on Thursday, May 15th at The Forum in downtown Rome. The nursing pinning ceremony will be held at 2pm and the graduation commencement will be held at 7pm. Faculty selected Dr. Catherine King, retiring Professor of Physical Education, to be the mace barer and to honor the many years of dedicated service that she has given to the college.


Other recognitions during commencement will include:


David Mathis, assistant director of athletics will be honored with the President’s Meritorious Service Award given each year by the President of the institution in recognition of the work of an individual on behalf of the college.


Carolyn Hamrick, Associate Professor of Reading and Dean of the Cartersville Campus, will receive the Wesley C. Walraven Faculty Award posthumously to honor her years of service and leadership at GHC


Dr. Tyrone Bledsoe, founder and executive director of SAAB national organization, will give the commencement address.


Dr. Bledsoe resides in Toledo, Ohio. He was born and raised in Grenada, Mississippi. He received his Bachelor of Arts Degree and Master’s of Education degree from Mississippi State University. He earned his Ph.D. in Counseling and Student Affairs Administration from the University of Georgia; and was chosen as the Outstanding Doctoral Student in the State of Georgia and was most recently recognized as the Outstanding Doctoral Alumnus by the University of Georgia. 

Recently, he served as Vice President for Student Life and Special Assistant to the President at The University of Toledo but has now transitioned temporarily to the role of Executive Director of the SAAB National Headquarters. He is the founder of the Student African American Brotherhood Organization (SAAB), which is a national organization established to enhance the experiences of and instill a “spirit of care” in African American males in high schools, colleges and universities around the country. He is a contributing author of recently released book “African American Men in College”, Jossey-Bass Publisher.


He is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. and is very active in the arena of higher education. He is highly recognized by several professional associations for his research, publications, presentations and scholarly work.  In 1999, he was invited to Oxford, England to serve as a guest lecturer to discuss his work with African American males at the Oxford University Roundtable Institute, which is sponsored by the British Council. Recently, he was invited to join an international research team to address issues around men of color in Europe, Trinidad, Barbados and the Bahamas. Also, he has appeared on talk shows such as “Perfect Union” hosted by Congressman Jesse Jackson, Jr. to discuss his work involving African American and Latino Males. 

He is deemed as one of the most gifted and dynamic motivational speakers by the thousands who have heard him speak. Recently, he was chosen as one of the most outstanding social innovators in the world by the Ashoka International Organization. He is a very spiritual and thought-provoking lecturer. And most importantly to him, he is the father of one adult son, Tyrone Bledsoe, Jr.


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