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Chamber CEO addressing UNG business graduates

What do a former state senator, current congressman and James McCoy have in common?

They will all be giving commencement addresses to students graduating this month from the University of North Georgia.

McCoy, the president and chief of executive officer of the Cumming-Forsyth County Chamber of Commerce, will speak to graduates of the university’s Mike Cottrell College of Business.

“It’s the most exciting time of anyone’s life,” McCoy said of graduation. “There’s an awful lot of opportunity out there for smart, thoughtful people. And now that the door is open to them, and they’ve got some resources at their disposal to pull from … they just have to go out there and find their way.”

McCoy, who will join District 9 U.S. Rep. Doug Collins of Gainesville and former state Sen. Jane Hemmer as commencement speakers, is in a unique position.

In addition to heading the local chamber, he is also a student in the school’s MBA program, giving him the unique perspective of being both part of the driving force that brought the university’s campus to Forsyth, and also a student studying for finals.

“I’ll probably say something about it,” said McCoy, who is putting the finishing touches on his speech.

His remarks will highlight not just the importance of building a thriving business, but the “important role that business people have in serving the needs of their community ... and how you can use your business to serve the needs of the community as well.”

Four commencement ceremonies will be held Friday and Saturday.