Honors Day convocation was held on the lawn of the Kennedy Fine Arts Center, Thursday April 14 at 9:30 a.m.
Extraordinary students from the Savannah State university’s (SSU) four colleges – College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Sciences and Technology and College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences were honored for their academics.
Praised by peers and extended family supporters, the ceremony also highlighted faculty and staff for the work they provide for SSU tigers on campus and what they contribute to academic success at on campus.
“I'm excited for that opportunity for the university but also for our students who have achieved. It feels great to be able to give them their awards and provide everyone... and let the world know what’s going on here at Savannah State University and what we have to offer," stated SSU President Kimberly-Ballard Washington.
“I would expect that the fact they have received wonderful honors that their families will publicize that throughout their families and their employers and future employers will recognize that they were leaders at their institutions and received these scholarly awards.”
As audience began to fill, extended tiger family and friends started to bring their own chairs or stood the entire ceremony. The crew set brought chairs for those who were standing. It was a sunny day with a cool breeze. Joyful feelings flowing through the air a great day to be honored at Savannah State University.
Tigers and staff were given words of encouragement by current students, soon-to-be graduating seniors, and staff. Ms. Sapp came out to support her son, Sidney Sapp, a senior graduating in the Fall of 2022.
“It’s a joy I feel grateful I'm very proud of him I just pray that he continues to go forward in life. The support academically financially with scholarships and all the opportunities that are available to him here,” said Ms. Sapp.
SSU Wesleyan Gospel Choir blessed those attending with the song ‘Total Praise’ audience members joined in singing lowly. Joyously celebrating with warm claps and praises. There were over 900 students honored. Though all students were not in attendance, they all were celebrated from the Spring 2021 and Fall 2021 semesters.
“Celebrating with our students and recognizing their achievements is so key. We get to celebrate athletics and various other activities that go on throughout the school year. This is the time we celebrate really our purpose of being here excelling in the classroom," stated President Ballard-Washington.
An adviser and Savannah State Alumnus Johnny Mcdonald Class of 2011 and 2013 stated, “It makes me feel very good because as an alumnus of Savannah State I've had the opportunity to participate myself in the Honors Day Convocation program so as a student I know how it feels to be recognized for my academic works and to now be a staff member and see that this program is still taking place I can help students who come after me have that same experience.”
Mcdonald was a part of the planning committee for the ceremony.
“First official convocation yes, I was here as Interim. This the first one of this magnitude because you know we were in COVID world," said Ballard-Washington.
She was very excited about the turnout for the ceremony. There are hopes to have the same turnout at next year's Honors Day Convocation.