Piedmont Commencement Held Dec. 11 includes local students

DEMOREST, GA (12/14/2020)– Piedmont College celebrated 380 fall graduates during a Commencement ceremony on Dec. 11 in the Johnny Mize Athletic Center.

Graduates include:

Elizabeth Ingles of Monroe, GA.

Erin Bond of Loganville, GA.

President James F. Mellichamp and Board of Trustees Chairman Thomas A. “Gus” Arrendale III congratulated students receiving Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Certificate of Cardiovascular Technology, Certificate of Event Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Education Specialist, and Doctor of Education degrees. 

The keynote address was delivered by Dr. Jacqueline “Jackie” Ellett, Associate Professor of Art Education at Piedmont College and the 2020 recipient of the Vulcan Materials Company Teaching Excellence Award. Ellett earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education (1986), Master of Art Education (1991), Education Specialist degree in Art Education (2000) along with a Gifted Endorsement (2000), PhD in Art Education (2011), and her Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies Certificate all from the University of Georgia.

Ellett has served on the boards of the Georgia Art Education Association (GAEA) and the National Art Education Association (NAEA 1988-1994). She has also been recognized for her teaching earning numerous awards, including the 2012 Southeastern Art Educator of the Year, 2011 Georgia Art Educator of the Year, and the 1995 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year.

About Piedmont College

One of the most dynamic small colleges in the Southeast, Piedmont is an independent liberal arts college of more than 2,500 students. The college’s four schools-Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, and Nursing & Health Sciences-develop tomorrow’s leaders by engaging students in the classroom, in their community, and around the world. Founded in 1897, Piedmont offers bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, and doctoral degree programs at its Demorest residential campus in the foothills of the northeast Georgia mountains and at its Athens campus in the heart of Georgia’s Classic City.

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