Columbus State University to graduate 700 at Fall Commencement

Carmen CavezzaCOLUMBUS, Ga. — Columbus State University will award about 700 degrees at its 2012 fall commencement at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 10 in the Columbus Civic Center.

As part of this year’s ceremony, Carmen Cavezza will be presented with the inaugural Carmen Cavezza Leadership Medal. Cavezza, former Columbus city manager and Fort Benning commanding general, is the retiring executive director of CSU’s Cunningham Center. This award will then be presented during future officer commissioning ceremonies for graduating ROTC cadets at Columbus State.

Ken Bernard“There is no person more deserving of receiving this recognition and award bearing his name, than Dr. Carmen Cavezza,” CSU President Tim Mescon said. “His leadership has been instrumental in the launch, growth and reputation earned by the Cunningham Center. We are indebted to him for his remarkable service to the university, the community and this nation.”

This year’s keynote speaker will be Ken Bernard, a Douglasville, Ga., attorney and member of the state Board of Regents for the University System of Georgia.

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