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Georgia's First Lady, General to Speak at Georgia College Graduation
Georgia's First Lady, General to Speak at Georgia College Graduation

MILLEDGEVILLE, GA.--Georgia’s first lady and a U.S. Air Force general will address the 2012 Georgia College graduates during commencement exercises.

The 2012 graduating class represents the largest in Georgia College history.

Undergraduate commencement begins at 8:45 a.m. Saturday, May 5, on the front lawn of Georgia College in Milledgeville.

First Lady Sandra Deal, an alumna and former teacher, will address the 1,270 students receiving undergraduate. 

Georgia First Lady Sandra Deal

The first lady has centered her life around matters involving family and children in her roles as mother, grandmother, teacher and volunteer in her church. 

Born in Gainesville, Ga., the first lady earned both undergraduate and graduate degrees at then Georgia State College for Women. She chose teaching as her profession, following in her parents’ footsteps.

While at Georgia College, she met her husband, Gov. Nathan Deal, on a blind date while he attended nearby Mercer University.

Sandra Deal’s approach to her platform as First Lady, “With a Servant’s Heart” is volunteerism, community involvement and outreach. She serves on the Board of Trustees of Georgia College & State University Foundation.

“When we reach out to become involved in helping mold a new beginning for another person, we bring hope for that individual and we in turn receive joy,” she said.

Lt. Gen. Charles E. Stenner Jr.

As Chief of Air Force Reserve, Stenner serves as principal adviser on reserve matters to the Air Force Chief of Staff. As Commander of Air Force Reserve Command, he has full responsibility for the supervision of all U.S. Air Force Reserve units around the world.

Gen. Stenner, commissioned a second lieutenant in 1973 after completing Officer Training School, has served in various operational and staff assignments, including duty as an F-4C/D pilot, an F-16C pilot and an A-10 instructor pilot and operations officer. He has commanded four operations groups and two fighter wings. He earned his lieutenant general rank in June 2008. 

The general has earned the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Meritorious Service Medal with silver and bronze oak leaf clusters and other distinctions.

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