Jimmy Carter speaks at Georgia State University commencement

Commencement speakers are crucial to graduation ceremonies. These individuals, who are often celebrities or successful professionals, give college students support and advice for going into the real world.

Georgia State University has welcomed commencement speakers such as Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of the U.S. The 2002 Nobel Peace Prize winner earned his postsecondary education in the Peach State.

"Carter's leadership on a variety of global issues, his passion for education and his devotion to Atlanta and Georgia make him an excellent choice to provide wisdom and guidance to our graduates," said Mark Becker, president of the school.

The former President is the author of 25 books and the founder of the Carter Center, a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization that addresses national and international issues of public policy.

According to the Norwegian Nobel Committee, Cater was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize "for his decades of untiring effort to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to advance democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development."

Students who are inspired by his efforts may want to consider a career in politics.

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