Hundreds graduate at Savannah State University spring commencement

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - More than 400 Savannah State University students graduated on Saturday morning to be recognized for completing their accomplishments.

University President Cheryl Dozier gave diplomas to students from the university's four colleges. Many were emotional as they walked back to their seats. Some were commissioned as officers in the U.S. military. Two seniors, Sarah Dillard and Marcus Givens, received the President's Second Mile award. The award goes to seniors who show leadership on campus and in the community.

"Well, I'm really super excited, " said Dillard. "There were six civil engineering technology majors that were able to graduate today, and out of the six, two of us earned the second mile, which is one of the highest honors a student can receive. So it was just really great to see our department rising, and it shows, really, the hard work we give to our work."

Dillard accepted a job with the Georgis Department of Transportation in traffic operations, and Givens with BLE, an engineering firm in South Carolina.

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