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Saint Leo University to Confer 180 Degrees at Atlanta Commencement Ceremony

June 26, 2018

Sam Tandon

Sam Tandon, Vice President, International Trade Services, of World Trade Center Atlanta, will give the commencement address for Saint Leo University Atlanta region and Columbus, Miss., students.

This year’s graduation ceremony for Saint Leo students from the Gwinnett, Marietta, and Morrow education centers as well as the Columbus (MS) Education Center and the Center for Online Learning, will take place at noon, Saturday, July 7, at Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre, 2800 Cobb Galleria Parkway, Atlanta, GA 30339.

Degrees will be conferred to 180 students. Most students will receive their Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees, while about 35 will earn Master of Business Administration degrees, 15 will earn Master of Science in criminal justice degrees, six will receive their Master of Social Work degrees, and three will earn their Master of Science in cyber security degrees, among other graduate degrees. In addition, about 25 students will earn their Associate of Arts degrees.

Giving the Class of 2018 farewell will be Gelso Rosa, who is graduating summa cum laude with his Bachelor of Science degree in computer information systems. Leading the traditional turning of the tassels on their mortarboards and welcoming the new alumni will be John N. La, Class of 2016. The Clayton County Police Department Honor Guard will present the colors for the ceremony.

Commencement speaker Tandon consults with businesses on growth strategy and change management. His international background with experience in 20 countries, as well as his multilingual capabilities, enables him to provide better understanding of the diverse cultural needs of local businesses as well as large, multinational corporations.

Tandon also serves on the Atlanta Advisory Council for the Saint Leo University Donald R. Tapia School of Business.

Saint Leo University has three education centers in the Atlanta area: The Marietta Education Center is at 1395 South Marietta Parkway, Building 300, Suite 104, Marietta, GA 30067; the Gwinnett Education Center is at 3555 Koger Blvd., Clarkston Building, Suite 105, Duluth, GA 30096; and the Morrow Education Center at 1590 Adamson Parkway, Suite 120, Morrow, GA 30260. The Columbus Education Center is at Columbus Air Force Base, 81 Fifth St., Suite 11, Columbus AFB, MS 39710.

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About Saint Leo University
Saint Leo University ( is a modern Catholic teaching university that is firmly grounded in the liberal arts tradition. It is a private, nonprofit institution that creates hospitable learning communities wherever students want to be or need to be, whether that is a campus classroom, a web-based environment, an employer’s worksite, a military base, or an office park. Saint Leo welcomes people of all faiths and of no religious affiliation, and encourages learners of all generations. The university is committed to providing educational opportunities to the nation’s armed forces, veterans, and their families. Saint Leo is regionally accredited.

The university remains the faithful steward of the beautiful lakeside University Campus in the Tampa Bay region of Florida, where its founding monks created the first Catholic college in the state in 1889. Serving more than 13,000 students, Saint Leo has expanded to seven states. The university provides highly respected online learning programs to students nationally and internationally. More than 94,000 alumni reside in all 50 states, in Washington, DC, in three U.S. territories, and in 76 countries.

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