Clayton State University's annual Spring Commencement ceremonies will be held in the University’s Athletics Center on Saturday, May 9, at 9 a.m. and noon.
The noon ceremony will also feature the presentation of an honorary doctoral degree to Ann Cramer, senior consultant with Coxe Curry & Associates and long-time IBM executive.
Approximately 270 graduates from the Colleges of Business, Health and Information and Mathematical Sciences will participate in the 9 a.m. ceremony. A total of 250 graduates from the College of Arts & Sciences are expected to take part in the noon ceremony.
Cramer provides strategic consultation to nonprofit clients of Coxe Curry & Associates to strengthen their capacity in the areas of board development, volunteer engagement, corporate relations, and fundraising. She retired from the IBM Corporation with the title of director for Corporate Citizenship and Corporate Affairs for the Americas.
Her pioneering work in the area of corporate citizenship and the dedication to her personal interest in children, youth, and education has earned her many accolades. To highlight just a few, more recent, awards: in 2011 she was honored with the Georgia Center for Non-Profits Revolution Legendary Philanthropist Award; in 2012, she received the U.S. Chamber’s first “Lifetime Achievement Award” for Corporate Citizenship; in 2013 she received the prestigious Dan Sweat Award from Central Atlanta Progress (CAP), as well as the United Way Women’s Leadership Award; in 2014, she was honored with the inaugural ARC Harry West Visionary Leadership Award and the BIG Voice for Children award from Voices for Georgia’s Children.
Cramer has been tireless in her support of children, youth and education. She has chaired the Workforce Development Task Force for the Governor’s Commission for a New Georgia; the Governor’s Child Protective Services Task Force; the Governor's Commission on Children and Youth and co-chaired the Governor's Welfare Reform Task Force, the Governor's Policy Council for Children and Families and the Grady Foundation, the Governor's Action Council for Safe Kids and led a team developing Voices for Georgia’s Children.
Cramer and her husband, Jeff, live in Inman Park and are active at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, where Ann has served as Senior Warden of the Vestry. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Megan and Wil, and his wife Lauren.