VALDOSTA — Valdosta State University is proud to announce the members of its graduating class of Spring 2019. This includes the following area residents:

Sadiyyah Bell of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Science in Nursing

Jennifer Braswell of Ochlocknee earned the Education Specialist in Instructional Technology

Kathie Craven of Thomasville earned the Education Specialist in Instructional Technology

Shakiria Dawson of Thomasville earned the Master of Social Work

Wei Dong of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Madison Everett of Boston earned the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Stephen Everett of Boston earned the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Laura Fletcher of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice

Rocky Gilliard of Ochlocknee earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts in Interior Design

Samantha Gimbel of Thomasville earned the Master of Science in Biology

Kristen Heatter of Coolidge earned the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management and the Bachelor of Business Administration in Marketing

Sean Hutchison of Thomasville earned the Master of Business Administration

William Jones of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Arts in Legal Assistant Studies

Jackie King of Thomasville earned the Master of Arts in Teaching in Education

Taylor Luttenton of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Business Administration in Management

Kelli Owens of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Arts in Biology

Amy Ponder of Thomasville earned the Education Specialist in Instructional Technology

Logan Potter of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Arts in History

Hannah Reed of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

Ta’shaunessy Reese of Pelham earned the Master of Arts in Teaching in Special Education

Katherine Stewart of Thomasville earned the Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in Accomplished Teaching

Hannah Teehee of Thomasville earned the Bachelor of Science in Education in Elementary Education

Ryan York of Pavo earned the Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies

More than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students completed the requirements for their respective degrees during the Spring 2019 semester.

“Graduation is a defining moment in every student’s life,” said Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, president of VSU. “We are excited to pay tribute to the outstanding efforts of our spring graduates and celebrate education as the foundation upon which success is built. These students have had to overcome any number of challenges to reach this point in their life’s journey. It is that very perseverance that protects and nurtures Blazer Nation’s 100-plus-year-old tradition of academic, creative, athletic, research, and service excellence. This celebration is not an ending but the beginning of many great things to come.”

Established in 1906, Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university that offers both the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close, personal attention of smaller institutions. It boasts more than 100 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs on campus and online for undergraduate and graduate students. It also has a full menu of extracurricular activities, from national championship athletic and academic teams to honors organizations, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, educational and service clubs, a symphony orchestra, art and theatre, research opportunities, and more. Even as underclassmen, students file patents on inventions and make life-changing scientific discoveries, present at national and international conferences, publish research in collaboration with their professors, work in campus-based clinics that benefit the community, live and learn at partner institutions around the globe through study abroad, and more. The possibilities are endless.