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GMC hosts Georgia Day Proclamation Ceremony at the State Capitol

(Governor Nathan Deal with GMC Prep's 8th grade students during the Georgia Day Proclamation Ceremony.)

James Edward Oglethorpe founded the Colony of Georgia at Yamacraw Bluff, near present-day Savannah, on February 12, 1733. This event officially began the settlement of the last of the 13 original British colonies in North America. This territory would eventually become the State of Georgia.

To promote greater awareness of this historic moment, on February 9, 2017, GMC hosted a formal Georgia Day Proclamation signing ceremony. Governor Deal personally read the proclamation in its entirety on the north steps of the state capitol before recognizing GMC as an institution of outstanding preparatory school and higher educational learning. This is an annual event that GMC has participated in for more than 40 years. Participants in this year’s ceremony included Governor Nathan Deal; Brigadier General Curt Rauhut, Executive Vice President of Georgia Military College; GMC’s Prep School eighth grade class and schools Marching Band; GMC’s Junior College Color Guard; and the Junior College Regimental Commander and Regimental Staff of the 138th Corps of Cadets. During the ceremony Governor Deal paused to recognize MAJ Karen Grimes, GMC Prep’s 8th Grade Georgia History teacher. Karen is retiring after 29 years of teaching at GMC and this was her last Georgia Day Ceremony at the Capitol.

(Governor Nathan Deal with MAJ Karen Grimes.)

This annual tradition began in 1976 at the request of Governor George D. Busbee, a 1943 graduate of the GMC preparatory school. GMC is honored and proud to be able to provide this service to the State of Georgia.


(Governor Nathan Deal with GMC Prep's Band.)


(Rep. Rick Williams, Governor Deal, and Regimental Commander Sierra Brower)