Clayton State University presented a Fayette County Dual Enrollment Program (DEP) student with an associate’s degree at the University’s fall Commencement on Saturday, Dec. 11. Ted Allaire, a fall 2010 graduate of McIntosh High School in Peachtree City, completed his Associate of the Arts in Liberal Studies while completing high school an entire semester earlier than his counterparts.
“Earning my associate's degree is one of my proudest moments,” Allaire says. “Not only is this the culmination of the last 13 years of academic achievement, but also it proves that the Dual Enrollment program truly was worth the extra effort I have put forth over the last two years.”
Allaire was inspired to enroll in the DEP after hearing a lecture from Clayton State’s Dr. Kevin Demmitt and Dr. William Hagans during his sophomore year in high school.
Demmitt, the University’s assistant vice president for Academic Outreach, says, “the transition from high school to college requires a certain level of motivation, self-discipline, and ability on the part of the student. Ted has all of these characteristics and that is why he has been successful.”
Courses completed at Clayton State University as part of DEP satisfy requirements for both high school and college.
The graduate is extremely grateful for the opportunity Clayton State University provided for him academically and personally. He explains that a university setting is like a, “sanctuary where I could make the most of my academic potential and interact with peers on a higher, safer, more intellectual level than I ever could have in high school.”
In spring 2011, Allaire plans to transfer to Georgia State University as a junior-level Psychology major with a concentration in Community Psychology and minor in Sociology. He looks forward to continuing his studies and pursuing a Ph.D. in Psychology.
“Thinking about my future used to be incredibly stressful,” Allaire shares. “Now, that I have something [an associate degree] to show for my labor, the stress has essentially disappeared.”