Commencement Information for Atlanta Campus
May 20, 2017

Where: St. Luke’s Presbyterian Church, 1978 Mount Vernon Road, Dunwoody, Georgia 30338-4617

When: Saturday, May 20, 2017.  Ceremony begins at 10:00 am.

Regalia: Regalia will be available for students and faculty to pick up, Date and Time TBA.

Seating information: Church pew style seating.

Graduation Announcements: Available through Balfour.com

Reception: Coffee and Pastry reception following ceremony

Questions: If you need further information please contact Mrs. Beth Ellison at bellison@belhaven.edu or 404-425-5590

Speaker: Mr. Sunny Park

Mr. Sunny K. Park is CEJ of General Building Maintenance, CEO of Global Sun Investments, Inc., EVP of VetConnexx, and Board member of Brand Bank. Park is 2000 USO Patriot Award recipient and one of Most Influential Atlantans by JAMES Magazine and Atlanta Business Chronicle in multiple years. He and his family attends Johnson Ferry Baptist Church in East Cobb, Georgia.

A native of South Korea, served as Commissioner of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Vice Chairman of Georgia Ports Authority, immigrated to the United States in 1974 with no money who now, as an indicator of his business acumen, has successfully achieved his goal of paying $1 million in annual income tax.

Mr. Park also serves several nonprofit boards; National Guard’s Youth Foundation in Washington, DC supports programs for high school dropouts; USO Georgia; National Center for Civil and Human Rights; Carter Center Board of Councilors; Atlanta Symphony Orchestra; Atlanta Rotary Club Board; WABE Atlanta Public Broadcasting; Advisory Board of Kennesaw State University; Emeritus board member of Berry College and Junior Achievements Georgia; Formerly served boards of National Museum of Patriotism; Georgia Public Policy Foundation; Shepherd Center Hospital; Emory University Board of Visitors; Savannah College of Art & Design. Mr. Park is 2004 and 2008 Presidential Elector from Georgia;

He served as president of the National Korean American Federation (1991); Chairman of the 1992 Overseas Korean Conference in Berlin, Germany; In 1996, he founded the American Korean Friendship Society to strengthen unique relationship between the two nations; To encourage fellow immigrants to become active in community affairs, Mr. Park founded the Good Neighboring Foundation; With his own program “If Sunny Can, I Can,” he mentors high school dropouts at National Guard’s Youth Challenge Programs. He presented the commencement speeches to Class 2006 of Kennesaw State University and Class 2007 of Berry College, Rome, Georgia.

Mr. Park is laureate of Atlanta Business Hall of Fame of Junior Achievements and KATUSA Hall of Fame in Korea. He is decorated with People’s Merit of the Republic of Korea; Service Award by the President of the U. S.; Americanism Medal by Daughters of American Revolution; Patrick Henry Trophy by National Guards; Small Business Person of the Year by Atlanta Chamber of Commerce; Lifetime Achievement Award by the National Youth Foundation 2007; VanLandingham Commitment to Economic Education Award by Georgia State University.

He studied at Information Technology Institute of Korea, Indiana University Purdue University at Indianapolis, Kellogg School of Management, National Security Seminars at US Army War College, Carlisle Barracks, PA. Mr. Park and his family attend Johnson Ferry Baptist Church, Marietta, GA.

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