April 16, 2012
The thirty-sixth Waycross College commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, May 11, 2012 at 7 p.m. in the Waycross College Gymnasium.
This year’s commencement speaker will be Curtis Brantley, retired executive director of The Children’s Initiative. A native of Ware County and a veteran of the United States Army, Brantley is a well-known servant of the community. He is a past chairman of the Ware County Commission, Ware County Board of Health, and the Regional Development Center. He is also past president of the Waycross/Ware County United Way and the South Georgia United Way.
Brantley has served on numerous local and state boards, including the Waycross College Foundation, Kingdom Care, Magnolia House, Satilla Advocacy Services, Waycross-Ware County Chamber of Commerce, Georgia Department of Medical Assistance, and the State Commodity Board of Directors.
He has received many awards and recognitions for his service to the community and the state, including the Georgia Association of Young Children’s Volunteer of the Year Award, the Liston Elkins Award for Distinguished Service to Southeast Georgia, the Book of Golden Deeds Award from both the Waycross and Ware County Exchange Clubs, and the Morris Jacobson Brotherhood Award.
He attends First United Methodist Church of Waycross where he is actively involved as well. He has served on the Administrative Board, Long Range Planning Committee, Finance Committee, Habitat for Humanity Committee, Council on Ministries, and as Sunday School Superintendent.
Brantley is married to Peggy Miles Brantley, a retired consultant with Okefenokee RESA in Waycross. They have four children – Art, Dannette, Wendy, and Tray. They also have seven grandchildren – Miles, Finn, Arthur, Stella, Brantley, Kate, and Quinn.
Tammy Jeffords will induct this year’s graduating class into the Waycross College Alumni Association. Jeffords has received two degrees from Waycross College – an associate of applied science degree in secretarial science (1984) and an associate of science degree in teacher education (2005). She earned a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education from Armstrong Atlantic State University.
After receiving her first degree, Jeffords worked with her husband Steve at Jeffords Studio in Blackshear, Ga. Following her graduation from Armstrong Atlantic, Jeffords began teaching fifth grade at Blackshear Elementary, a position she has held for five years.
She and her husband of 28 years attend First Baptist Church of Blackshear. They have three children – Audrey Laine, Grace, and Stephen.
Guests of the graduating class are encouraged to arrive early due to limited seating and parking. Members of the graduating class may request parking permits from WC’s cashier for guests needing special parking arrangements. A security staff member will be near the gymnasium parking area to direct guests to the special parking and drop off area for the elderly and physically challenged.
In addition, seating arrangements for those with special needs may be made through the Office of the President by calling (912) 449-7500.Waycross College has been a proud member of the University System of Georgia since the college’s founding in 1976.
Director of Development and Community Services
Curtis Brantley, retired executive director of The Children’s Initiative, will be the keynote speaker for Waycross College’s thirty-sixth commencement ceremony May 11 in the Waycross College Gymnasium.