5 August, 2019
Gadsden State commencement ceremony planned for Aug. 8
Gadsden, Ala. – The Summer Commencement for Gadsden State Community College will be at 6 p.m. Aug. 8 in the Wallace Hall Fine Arts Center on the Wallace Drive Campus.
Featured speakers will be Gadsden State students Ta’Dallious Brown, Nadia Katbi and Jared Kilgore.
Brown is an Anniston resident who graduated from Benjamin Russell High School in Alexander City. At Gadsden State, he was a member of the Student Success Club, Student Support Services and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. He also completed a work-study assignment in the English Department. He has a 3.723 GPA, which he has maintained while working part time and attending classes. He will graduate with an Associate in Science degree and plans to transfer to Jacksonville State University to pursue a degree in Business Administration.
Katbi is a native of Syria and moved to Gadsden in 2012. After she graduated from Etowah High School, she enrolled at Gadsden State, where she has earned an Associate in Science degree. She was very active at the College having served as president of TRiO for Success and was a member of the Circle K Club, Students Without Borders, the Student Government Association and Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society. She received numerous scholarships, including the Gadsden State Alumni Association Scholarships, the College Counts Scholarship, the Cardinal Foundation Scholarship, the Peer Tutor Scholarship and an All-Alabama Academic Team Scholarship. She was crowned the Gadsden State Homecoming Queen for 2019. Katbi maintained a 3.789 GPA while balancing her school work with a part-time job. She plans to transfer to JSU to pursue a degree in Respiratory Therapy.
Kilgore of Piedmont enrolled at Gadsden State after graduating from Sand Rock High School. After a few semesters at Gadsden State, he transferred to a four-year university and eventually left higher education for a manufacturing position. He later returned to Gadsden State, where he is receiving an Associate in Applied Science degree in Electrical Technology and several certificates in Industrial Automation Technology. He is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and the National Technical Honors Society. He is currently working in his field of study and plans to make it a long-term career. He has plans to one day own his own electrical company. Kilgore has maintained a 4.0 GPA since returning to Gadsden State.
Graduates will be presented by Dr. Teresa Rhea, dean of Enrollment and Retention, and Dr. Deborah Curry, dean of Health Sciences. Dr. Martha Lavender, president of Gadsden State, will award the degrees. Jesse Osborn, math instructor, will serve as the commencement grand marshal.