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ASU commencement set for Saturday

ALBANY — Albany State University will hold it 2012 fall commencement Saturday at 9:45 a.m. in the Albany Civic Center. According to latest reports, ASU expects to award 369 degrees to 275 undergraduate, eight specialist and 86 master’s degree candidates.

Among the graduates will be Carlos McKibben, who not only will walk across the stage Saturday but is happy just to be walking at all.

In February, while satisfying graduation requirements as a student teacher, a serious car crash almost claimed his life. A severe brain injury caused the accomplished musician to wonder if he’d ever walk again. His spring commencement would have to wait.

McKibben watched recordings of the graduation ceremony in a wheelchair and saw pictures and his name printed in the program. Undaunted by the physical challenges, he never gave up the will to walk. After five months of intensive therapy, he won’t miss his graduation this time.

He will strut across the stage.

The commencement’s keynote speaker is University System of Georgia Executive Vice Chancellor and Chief Academic Officer Houston Davis. He provides leadership in academic programs and planning, faculty affairs, student affairs, teacher-education initiatives, strategic research and analysis, and information and instructional technology.

Prior to joining the university system, Davis served as associate vice chancellor for academic affairs for the Tennessee Board of Regents. At Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn., he worked in academic leadership and was a faculty member.

The Clarksville, Tenn., native received a doctorate degree at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, a master’s in education from Tennessee State University, also located in Nashville, and a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Memphis.