University System of Georgia Executive Vice Chancellor Houston Davis tells Albany State University graduates Dec. 8, 2012, at their fall commencement ceremony to be innovative in their problem solving and presistent as they move into the next stage of their lives.
ALBANY, Ga. — Nearly 370 newly minted college graduates walked across the stage and picked up degrees at the Albany Civic Center Saturday morning as Albany State University held its 2012 Fall Commencement Exercise.
ASU awarded 369 degrees to 275 undergraduates. It awarded eight specialist and 86 master’s degrees.
“We commence, and this is a commencement,” ASU President Everette Freeman said. “But this is a beginning and not an end. Your charge today is to continue the process of self-education.”
Commencement speaker Houston Davis, the University System of Georgia’s executive vice chancellor and chief academic officer, congratulated the graduates for their achievements and delivered a message of problem solving and persistence.
“Today is a celebration of several things,” Davis said. “This is the end of a long path, but there is more ahead. Keep up the spirit and stretch yourselves and continually add to your knowledge.
“Today is also a celebration of this campus, there are some great things going on here. I salute the administration, faculty, staff and students for all of your hard work.
Davis then reminded the graduates to never forget how they got to Saturday.
“No one ever makes it alone,” he said. “Every successful person got some help from someone else along the way. Your family, friends, college and community helped shape you and helped get you where you are today.”
The vice chancellor then urged the graduates to think outside of the box.
“Always strive to be innovative in your problem solving. Be willing to go the extra mile in finding solutions to the problems you will face,” Davis said. “The same stuff that got you here today will also help you out later in life. One of the reasons for your success is that you found ways to keep moving forward.
“Never stop teaching; never stop learning. Life is all about continually improving yourself. Position yourself as that valued member of the team that others cannot do without.”