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Thomas University’s Commencement Moved Indoors

Due to the strong chance of rain during the next few days, Thomas University’s annual Commencement ceremony has been moved from the Ben Grace Historic Quadrangle on the Main Campus to the gymnasium on the Magnolia Campus, located at 1550 Magnolia St., about one mile west of the Main Campus. Because of the change in venue, graduates and only their guests with tickets will be admitted.

This year marks TU’s 58th Commencement, which will begin at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 4. A total of 335 students are eligible to graduate, which is a record number for Thomas University. During the ceremony, TU will present associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees to graduating students.Baxter

The speaker will be Dr. Susanna L. Baxter, President of the Georgia Independent College Association. She joined the GICA in August 2010. Before that, Baxter served as Chief Operating Officer for the Tennessee Independent Colleges and Universities Association for 10 years. She also worked as the Dean of Students at Barton College in North Carolina. Baxter earned bachelor’s degrees in Religion and Christian Education from Pfeiffer University. She also earned M.Ed. and Ed.D. degrees in Higher Education Leadership and Policy from Vanderbilt University.

While working in Tennessee, Baxter worked to establish the Coalition for College Cost Savings, a national group purchasing organization that provides a range of contracts for small- to medium-sized private colleges in an effort to reduce expenditures and improve efficiency.  She also worked to establish a statewide public and private college coalition to foster healthy and safe campuses with a focus on alcohol and other drug abuse prevention.


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