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Watson Receives George P. Donaldson Award at ABAC Commencement

May 11, 2017

Alexia Watson from Covington was selected for the George P. Donaldson Award during the spring commencement ceremony at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College on Thursday.

Watson, a biology major, received the George P. Donaldson Award for the top associate degree graduate participating in the ceremony.

Nell Roquemore, founder of Milltown Murals in Lakeland, Ga., was the guest speaker at the ceremony.  Another Lakeland native, Jay Shaw, was honored with a posthumous honorary bachelor’s degree for his civic and community involvement on local and statewide levels.

Watson has served on the Student Alumni Council and is a member of ABAC’s honor society, Phi Theta Kappa.  While serving on the Student Alumni Council, she was the secretary of the organization.  She played intramural volleyball, donated her time to various campus blood drives, and volunteered to help flood victims in Louisiana.  She is a recipient of a Gertrude and

Charles Kemp, Jr., scholarship and has been named to the ABAC President’s List. Watson is the daughter of Alexander Watson and Latoya Cobb.

“This institution has blessed me more than I could ever imagine – from education, financial support, lifelong friendships and mentorships, as well as growth – and I am forever grateful,” Watson said.

A total of 263 graduates received their diplomas in the Gressette Gymnasium ceremony.

Summer term classes begin at ABAC on May 30, and fall semester classes begin Aug. 16.
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