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Dr. Sharbrenia Lockhart-Thompson(sister), Scharlie-Marteace Lockhart, and Mrs. Meirly N. Lockhart(mother). Photo taken at the spring 2010 commencement ceremony where Lockhart was awarded his B.S. in Sociology at Clayton State.[/caption]
For only the second time in recent memory, ClaytonStateUniversity is awarding a posthumous degree.
The family of the late Scharlie-Marteace Lockhart, one of the University’s best-known alumni and student workers, will be present at the noon ceremony of the Saturday, May 4 spring Commencement ceremonies to receive his posthumous Masters of Arts in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Clayton State President Dr. Thomas J. Hynes. Lockhart, who previously earned a B.S. in Sociology from ClaytonState, passed away unexpectedly on Mar. 1, 2013. A frequent visitor to the Clayton State Disability Resource Center (DRC) during his undergraduate days, Lockhart was working for the DRC, and Director Louise Bedrossian, as well as completing his MALS degree, at the time of his death.
“Many of us had Marteace in class or interacted with him in disability services or the student conduct board,” said Clayton State Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Jacqueline Jordan in an email to her colleagues in the College of Arts & Sciences at the time of Lockhart’s passing. “This is such a sad event for a student that worked so hard to reach his goals despite his health to obtain his B.S. degree and now was finishing up his MALS degree here at ClaytonState. I just wanted to send out an email to all faculty and staff that had not heard of the passing of this wonderful student.”
Hynes will present the posthumous degree to Lockhart’s mother, Meirley N. Lockhart, a resident of Riverdale, Ga. Also in attendance on Saturday will be Marteace Lockhart’s sister, Dr. Sharbrenia Lockhart-Thompson, a resident of Ellenwood, Ga.
Clayton State’s only previous posthumous degree ceremony in the 21st
Century took place on May 8, 2010, when a posthumous Bachelor of Arts degree in History was presented to Crystal Beale on behalf of her late husband, Sergeant First Class (SFC) John C. Beale. A ClaytonState history major and an employee of the Clayton County Water Authority, SFC Beale was one of three Georgia Army National Guardsmen killed in action in KapisaProvince in northeast Afghanistan on Thursday, June 4, 2009.
As has been the case for several years, Clayton State will hold two ceremonies on May 4. Approximately 240 graduates from the College of Business, College of Health, and College of Information and Mathematical Sciences will attend the 9 a.m. ceremony, with Georgia Governor Nathan Deal as the speaker. The noon ceremony, with Atlanta City Councilman Kwanza Hall as the commencement speaker, will be for approximately 275 graduates of the College of Arts & Sciences.