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Commerce student wins top award at ABAC commencement

TIFTON -- Sara C. Ervin, a rural studies major from Commerce, received the prestigious George P. Donaldson award at the fall commencement ceremony on Friday at Abraham Baldwin College.

Ervin completed all requirements for her Associate of Science degree in Agriculture, while she continues her education for an ABAC bachelor's degree in Rural Studies.

A total of 136 graduates participated in the ceremony. Fourteen students received Bachelor of Applied Science degrees in Diversified Agriculture and Turfgrass and Golf Course Management, the most in the history of the college.

Commencement speaker Javier Gonzalez told the graduates that "on your career journeys you may find it necessary to change directions several times. Like any journey, you will need to carefully create a good map to help you chart the course that will carry you effectively and efficiently toward your defined goal," Gonzalez said.

Ervin, president pro tempore and a senator in the Student Government Association, was selected for the Donaldson Award based on a combination of academics and extracurricular activities. The award included a plaque and a check for $500 from the ABAC Alumni Association. Donaldson served as president of ABAC from 1947-61.

The daughter of James and Saundra Ervin of Commerce, Ervin was the co-founder and President of the Rural Studies Club. She is a past state FFA Vice-President and served as the President of the ABAC collegiate FFA chapter in 2008. She will serve as the first ABAC/Staplcotn intern on Capitol Hill with United States Senator Saxby Chambliss during the spring semester.

Spring term classes begin at ABAC on Jan. 11.