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Georgia Southern gives degrees in December ceremony

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STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) -

Nearly 1,600 students took the next step of their lives as they received degrees from Georgia Southern University.

The university held three ceremonies to deliver degrees to the Fall 2013 class, including 30 doctorates. The Fall graduation remains smaller than the traditional Spring graduation that averages 4,000 participants.

"It has been a journey. It's been a lot of work. I'm a biology major, so it's been a lot of hard work. This day made it all worth it," said graduate Tamia Finney.

University president Dr. Brooks Keel said the graduates are equipped by their education and experience at Georgia Southern as they move to the next phase of their lives. He urged them to not only find success, but find fullfilment and fun as well.

"These young people have a tremendous opportunity ahead of them to choose a career that's fulfilling to them, fulfilling to society and have fun doing it," he told WTOC.

Commencement speakers for this year's three ceremonies included Georgia Southern alumna and Chatham County District Attorney Meg Heap ('86); the Executive Vice President at Willis North America Jack Jennings; and Russell Toal, M.P.H., director of Georgia Southern's Center for Rural Health and Research.

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