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Darton State College To Hold Spring Commencement May 3
April 26, 2013
ALBANY - Darton State College is pleased to announce that it will hold its spring 2013 Commencement on Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m. in the Cavalier Arena. This year's spring commencement will feature an address to the graduates by former Mayor Franklin T. "Tommy" Coleman, III.
Mr. Coleman is a Partner in Perry & Walters Law firm and specializes in Local Government Law, Election Law, Public Finance, Education Law, Zoning and Land Use Planning. He is a native of Albany, Georgia, and a graduate of Albany High School. In 1968 he received his A.A.degree from Darton State College, before attending the University of Georgia(UGA). He graduated magna cum laude in 1970 with an A.B., and received his M.A. in 1972. While at UGA, he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi. In 1985 he earned his J.D. and was admitted to the Georgia Bar.
Mr. Coleman's involvement in government actually started at Darton, then Albany Junior College, when he was elected Vice President of the student body. He was also in the band, the chorus and a member of the tennis team.
In 1980, fellow Albanian Governor George Busbee appointed Coleman Executive Director of them Georgia Democratic Party. Upon his return to Albany in 1987, Mr. Coleman rekindled an active role in politics and local government, having previously served as one of the youngest Albany city commissioners from 1976-1980 before moving to Atlanta. In 1989, he was elected to the first of four terms as Mayor of Albany.
He has served as Chairman of the Albany/Dougherty Payroll Development Authority and the Albany Water, Gas and Light Commission. Mr. Coleman's work experiences also include the securities industry. For several years he was an investment adviser and banker, financing projects for cities, counties, school boards, and authorities throughout Georgia.
He has chaired the Southwest Georgia Area Planning and Development Commission, now the Southwest Georgia Regional Commission, and chaired Governor Zell Miller's Governor's Local Governance Commission. This expertise in local government and local government finance has made him a sought-after attorney to many local governing bodies.
Mr. Coleman is a graduate of Leadership Georgia and has been named to the Georgia Trend List of the 100 Most Influential Georgians. Active in the Georgia Municipal Association, he has been a district President, at-large Board member and President of the City Attorney's Section.
Mr. Coleman is married to Charlotte Martin Coleman and has three children and two grandchildren.
More than 320 graduates are eligible to receive an associate of science, associate of arts, associate of applied science degree, or a certificate. Following commencement, the Darton College Foundation and the Student Government Association will host a reception for the graduates and their families in the Student Center.
In addition, Darton State College's Health Sciences Division (formerly allied health) will hold its pinning ceremony on May 3, at 3 p.m., followed by the Nursing Division pinning ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Both ceremonies will take place in the Cavalier Arena.