The Honorable Stephen Kelley to Speak at CPTC’s Commencement Feb. 4
February 4, 2016 08:33 AM
The Honorable Stephen Kelley (right photo), Superior Court Judge for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, will deliver the commencement address for Coastal Pines Technical College (CPTC) at the February fourth event. College officials expect to recognize more than 170 graduatesat the ceremony, which will begin at 7 p.m. at the Wayne County High School Auditorium in Jesup.
“We are extremely pleased to announce the Honorable Stephen D. Kelley as our featured speaker for commencement,” said Dr. Glenn Deibert, president of Coastal Pines Technical College. “His commitment to the community is clear, and it will be my great honor, on behalf of the College, to welcome Judge Kelley to one of our most important events, an occasion that allows us to pay tribute to our graduates for their outstanding efforts and accomplishments.”
Judge Kelly has spent his entire professional career in public service. He first served as an associate pastor in Ft. Pierce, Florida, in 1983, then began his legal career in 1984 when he worked as a legal intern in Atlanta through the Governor’s Legal Intern Program, until 1985. For the next nine plus years, Kelley worked as an assistant district attorney in the Brunswick Circuit. His accomplishments and hard work landed him the district attorney’s position for the Brunswick Judicial Circuit, where he served until he was appointed superior court judge in 2010. As district attorney, Kelley established the Drug Court in 1998, the Golden Isles Children’s Advocacy Center in 1998, and the Victims’ Assistance Program in 1993.
Among his many recognitions, Judge Kelley has been presented with the Judge Sitting by Designation award by the Supreme Court of Georgia in 2015, District Attorney of the Year award by the Georgia District Attorney’s Association in 2009, Man of the Year award by the Glynn County Republican Party in 2009, Eagle Award by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in 2007, Respect for Law Award by the St Simons Optimist Club in 2005, and the Friend of the Children Award by the Glynn County School System in 2003.
Born in Montgomery, Alabama, Kelley grew up and received his early education in Orlando, Florida. He earned a B.A. in theology from the Southern College of Seventh-Day Adventists in Tennessee in 1983 and a juris doctor degree from the University of Georgia School of Law in 1986. He is married to Diana, a registered nurse, and they have three adult children: Anne, Kathleen, and Joseph.
The summer and fall 2015 graduating classes, 986 students, were invited to participate in the ceremony. CPTC officials expect a record number of graduates and attendees for the program.
Family and friends of graduates are invited to join Judge Stephen Kelley and CPTC board members, trustees, faculty, and staff Thursday evening, February 4, 2016, to recognize and celebrate graduates. Family and friends of graduates who have tickets to the ceremony will be admitted into the auditorium between 6:15 and 6:45 p.m. Those without tickets and family and friends arriving after 6:45 will be admitted into the auditorium beginning at 6:45 p.m. Coastal Pines Technical College is a unit of the Technical College System of Georgia.