Inaugural Columbus Commencement Held Saturday, June 19

June 30, 2010


Two years after establishing a continuing education center at Columbus AFB, Saint Leo University held its first commencement ceremony at the base on June 19, 2010.

Three civilians who transferred into Saint Leo received bachelor’s degrees from the private, non-profit Catholic university. Two sisters, Bonola Morant and Lannotti Morant, received the Bachelor of Arts in psychology. Terrica Weatherspoon received a bachelor’s degree in business administration cum laude and will speak at the ceremony.

Columbus Police Chief and Saint Leo alumnus Joseph B. St. John ’04, was the commencement speaker. St. John was named chief in 2007 after a law enforcement career in Newport News, Va. He studied at Saint Leo University’s Continuing Education Center in Fort Eustis, Va., to earn the Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice.

Nathaniel Best, former member of the O’Jays, a R&B group inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, provided invocation, benediction, and the music for the ceremony.

Though small, the inaugural graduating class paves the way for many more students who are following in the footsteps of the class of 2010.

“Our 2011 projected graduating class has already reached 55 students and is steadily climbing as more people become aware of the educational opportunities at Saint Leo,” said Columbus Center Director Dew White. “Saint Leo is a proven leader in adult education and offers highly personalized attention, flexible learning opportunities and a solid foundation for personal fulfillment and career advancement,” she said.

Saint Leo University’s Continuing Education Center at Columbus AFB offers the Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice, business administration, and psychology. Additionally, Saint Leo has a partnership with East Mississippi Community College that creates a smooth path for students who graduate from EMCC with an associate degree and want to continue their studies to earn a four-year degree from an accredited university. Both East Mississippi and Saint Leo University are accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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