Winter 2015



Atlanta Youth Development Campus
5651 Stonewall Tell Road
College Park, Georgia

December 18, 2015

Commissioner Avery D. Niles, Superintendent of Schools
Dr. Audrey Armistad, Associate Superintendent of Schools

Bishop Wiley Jackson, Guest Speaker

Dr. Letunya Walker, Presiding

GPA Class of 2015: Commencement Exercises

The Georgia Preparatory Academy ends 2015 with one of its largest graduation classes to date

On December 18, 2015, the Georgia Preparatory Academy held its Class of 2015 Commencement Exercises at the Atlanta Youth Development Campus (Atlanta YDC) in College Park. Over forty youth from across Georgia received diplomas, GEDs, and Technical Certificates of Credit. Among the many facilities honoring graduates included GPA at Atlanta, GPA at Gainesville, GPA at Macon YDC, GPA at Augusta YDC, GPA at Metro RYDC, GPA at Milan YDC, GPA at Eastman YDC, GPA at Muscogee YDC, and GPA at Sumter YDC.

During the Commencement Ceremony, the graduating youth were joined by a large group of dignitaries, staff, and family members. VIP attendees from the Department of Juvenile Justice included Commissioner Avery D. Niles, GPA Associate Superintendent of Schools Dr. Audrey R. Armistad, and DJJ Board Member Thomas L. Coleman. Singer Tina Thames performed both the National Anthem and one other heartfelt musical number. Dr. Kathryn Hornsby.

Special thanks goes out to Bishop Wiley Jackson of the Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral for being the guest speaker. Additional congratulations go out to the GPA Teacher of the Year finalists and winners:

Daniel Sovereign of the Milledgeville ITU - TEACHER OF THE YEAR

Syntria Holmes-Jackson of the Macon YDC

Dr. Vera Giddens of the Crisp RYDC


Bishop Wiley Jackson

Bishop Wiley Jackson is a native of Atlanta, Georgia. At an early age, Bishop Jackson knew he had a special calling in his life to be of service to people and change the world

Coming from a very humble beginning, the importance of family was ingrained into him and his four siblings. They were a close knit family who were very creative in providing their own entertainment. Whether they were rolling down the hill in makeshift wagons, shooting, hoops, putting parts together to make a bike, or swimming at the Boys Club, they enjoyed times of togetherness. Basketball was a generational passion. As a young man in school, his athleticism kicked into high gear. He attended South Georgia College where he accepted his calling into the ministry. Bishop Jackson also attended and graduated from Beulah Heights University. He is the author of two books, "Born to Overcome" and "Uncommon Faith".

Bishop Jackson provides religious, social, financial, and other guidance to parishioners at his Gospel Tabernacle Cathedral

Bishop Jackson and his ministry partner Mary Jackson have been married for twenty-two years and are the proud parents of two sons, Wiley III and Paul.