Sonny Dixon to deliver 2015 Commencement Address


SAVANNAH – Sonny Dixon, local media legend, will deliver the commencement address at Savannah Technical College’s 2015 graduation at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, June 23 in the Johnny Mercer Theatre at the Savannah Civic Center.

Savannah Tech has awarded 491 degrees and diplomas for students that completed coursework from fall 2014 through spring 2015. Also, 105 GED diplomas have been earned during that time. Savannah Tech expects more than 375 degree, diploma and GED recipients to participate in graduation.

Dixon retired from his 18-year career as a news anchor with WTOC-TV in May 2015. He became Savannah’s only Best Anchor Emmy Award Winner ever in 2011. (The “Best Anchor” category is the only Emmy competition that includes all markets, large and small, while all other categories are divided by market size.) He was chosen Georgia’s Best Anchor/Reporter by the Associated Press in 2005.

He is a proud Savannah native, who has readily volunteered to help out in and around his hometown for decades, serving on numerous boards, including various Chamber of Commerce Boards, the United Way of the Coastal Empire, Savannah Technical College, Rape Crisis Center, American Cancer Society, Savannah Speech and Hearing, Boy Scouts of the Coastal Empire and many more. He currently serves on the Board of the Coastal Georgia Area Arthritis Foundation and the Savannah Area Florida Gator Club.

Dixon was elected to five terms in the Georgia House of Representatives, where he held key offices and served on prominent committees, before retiring from elected office in 1997. He was twice elected to the Garden City Council before moving on to the legislature.

Due to the increased number of graduates participating in commencement, graduates will receive five tickets for guests to attend the ceremony.


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Savannah Technical College serves Coastal Georgia with quality, market-driven technical education with campus locations in Chatham, Effingham and Liberty Counties. Serving more than 10,000 credit and non-credit students annually, Savannah Tech offers nearly 150 different instructional programs in Aviation Technology, Business and Professional Services, Industrial Technology, and Health Sciences in addition to Adult Education classes, industry-specific training and continuing education. The College serves as an economic and community development partner for the region, offering corporate and customized training and assessment programs for business and industry.

Savannah Technical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award associate degrees, diplomas and technical certificates of credit. Questions about the accreditation of Savannah Technical College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, GA 30033-4097, by calling (404) 679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (