CSU Holds Fall 2016 Commencement

COLUMBUS, Ga. – Columbus State University's fall 2016 commencement ceremony was held Saturday, Dec. 10 at the Columbus Civic Center.

Among the 703 graduates in attendance was CSU’s first graduate from the Guidance and Opportunities for Academic and Leadership Success (GOALS) program, which provides an inclusive college experience for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who are working toward a meaningful career. Shawna Johnson was the first in her family to attend a four-year institution and was one of the first graduates of an inclusive postsecondary education program in the University System of Georgia to participate in a university-wide commencement ceremony.

Established at CSU in 2014, the GOALS program uses a person-centered planning approach that provides students with the opportunity to set and work toward their personal post-secondary goals as a foundation for lifelong career and community participation.

Jo Anne Hill, director of diversity and employee engagement at Aflac, was the commencement speaker. She leads and manages the diversity and inclusion approach for the company, including the integration of diversity into core personnel and business processes, with a focus on developing, implementing and driving best practice programs, initiatives and processes to foster Aflac's corporate commitment to diversity.

Click here to view a copy of Hill's remarks.