On December 16th history was made when Ramona Gibson became the first graduate of the 2 + 2 partnership between Bagwell College of Education and Atlanta Metropolitan State College (AMSC). Through the partnership, KSU faculty teach at the AMSC Campus, giving teacher candidates the ability to earn their Kennesaw State University bachelor’s degree in early childhood education at a campus they are familiar with.
Dr. Gary A. McGaha, president of AMSC and Dr. Hazel Mayes, assistant professor of education at AMSC attended Gibson’s graduation ceremony.
“Ramona was a great student but she did not think she could pursue a four-year degree due to the fact that she needed a set schedule so that she could be available for her two daughters,” said Dr. Maurice Wilson, director of education student services and associate professor of elementary and early childhood education at KSU. “The program offered at AMSC allowed Ramona to attend classes two days per week – same days each semester – so that she could have a consistent schedule.”
Dr. Wilson hosted a reception for the Gibson family after the graduation ceremony. Ramona’s daughters, husband, parents, and extended family members joined her for the celebration. Dr. Arlinda J. Eaton, dean of the Bagwell College of Education, Dr. Pam Cole, BCOE associate dean, Dr. Barry Bogan, BCOE associate professor, and AMSC’s Dr. Hazel Mayes joined Dr. Wilson in praising Ramona to her family.