Student body to witness SGA transition of power



(L-R) SGA Executive officers: Student Body President Gem Richardson, Student Body Vice President Jaylan Brown, Student Body Secretary Dy’Oni Charlton, and Student Body Treasurer Jeremi Moore

Staff Report, The Hornet Tribune

Four years ago, the Dutchtown High School student body in Hampton, Georgia elected Gem Richardson to represent them as their Student Government Association President.
Four years later, Richardson, has once again secured the confidence and trust of her peers, and will swear to uphold their confidence and trust as the student body president of Alabama State University.
Richardson and three other elected executive officers will formally be administered the Oath of Affirmation by the SGA chief justice before thousands of witnesses to hold their respective offices in the Alabama State University Student Government Association.
The inauguration ceremony will be held Monday, August 30 at 6 p.m. in the Ralph David Abernathy Hall auditorium.
All four officers were sworn in right before their terms began on May 1, but that swearing-in is always followed up with a formal investiture for the entire student body to witness.
The executive officers who will be administered the Oath of Affirmation are Richardson, student body president; Jaylan Brown, student body vice president; Jeremi Moore, student body treasurer; and Dy’Oni Charlton, student body secretary
“We will have a program that includes presentations made from the stage, musical performances, my inaugural address, and several delegations of visiting SGA officers, which will include those from Tuskegee and Alabama A & M in attendance,” Richardson.
Richardson and Brown both campaigned on a ticket, something that had not been done at ASU since the first decade of the 21st century. They used a “Hidden Figures” theme during their campaign and promised to improve the quality of student life through programming and legislation.
Immediately following the investiture ceremony a post-event reception will be held in the John Garrick Hardy Student Center’s ballroom.
The event is free and open to all in accordance with the University’s COVID-19 protocols, including social distancing and a mask-mandatory requirement for all in attendance.