Aug 26, 2011
Rudi Kiefer

Thirteen graduating Seniors took center stage on Saturday, May 22 as Brenau Academy celebrated its eighty-first Commencement. The Academy’s newest alumnae are: Sarah A. Ahmed; Kemi Arlene Alemoh; Savannah Leigh Burns; Katherine Marie Dugan; Ann Dee Edseth; Hyun Jung Ko; Susie Kwon; Ho-Kyoung (Amy) Lee; Natalie V. Luck; Brittany L. Reed; Andrea AnJelica Musgrove; and Xing Yu (Christina) Wang. Sarah Lee was salutatorian. The Commencement address was given by Sally Davidson Foster, Class of 1955. “Girls in my age went to school for the “in case of” theory, Foster told the graduates. “In case you didn’t get married, in case you got widowed, anything like that. ” She impressed upon the Academy seniors that in the 21st century, women enter the working world as equals to men. Building your own life, Foster emphasized, is the key to happiness.

Valedictorian Katie Dugan took a slightly different slant, wondering aloud what was awaiting most of them in college life, including the prospect of some of the more popular distractions from it. She told her peers that most certainly work was awaiting, but “don’t take life too seriously. Nobody gets out alive anyway.”

Brenau Academy 2010
Commencement day at Brenau Academy
(top L) Sarah Lee as salutatorian. (top R) Sally Foster gives the commencement speech.
(bot L) Ann Gay Williams (Academy ’58) looks at precious memories. (bot R) Valedictorian Katie Dugan.

Dugan made Brenau history in a special way by earning the first ever A.A. degree jointly with her Academy diploma. The degree was awarded by Dr. Gale Starich, Dean of the School of Health and Science.

The 2010 Commencement was a particularly special occasion because several of the “early” Academy graduates were in attendance. Besides Sally Foster (‘1955), the list of honored guests included Ann Gay Williams (‘1958) from Buford, Georgia; Nacy Causey Hogh (‘1958) from Florence, South Carolina; Diane Quin Bickart (‘1955) from Polk City Fl., escorted by her sister Suzanne Quin Hoffman; Mary Katherine Tillman (‘1955) from Athens, Georgia; and Elizabeth (“Sis”) Kirkland Sherling (‘1955) from Enterprise, Alabama. A reception for Brenau Academy’s 1950’s alumnae at Walters House revived many cherished memories.

Originally published on 5/22/10