STATESBORO, GA (WTOC) - Friday marked a major milestone for more than 1,000 Georgia Southern University students.
Students and their families at the fall commencement in Paulson Stadium were elated as university leaders conferred diplomas for four-year, masters, and doctorate degrees. The fall ceremony is usually smaller than the spring commencement ceremony, but school leaders tell WTOC enrollment continues to grow for South Georgia’s biggest university.
“We have our largest freshman class this year. We welcomed 3,900 new freshmen,” said Interim President, Shelley Nickel. “That’s the largest number we’ve had in Georgia Southern’s history. We are growing as a university.”
The commencement speaker, Chris Reiley, attended Georgia Southern. He is the chief of staff for Governor Nathan Deal.
Georgia Southern University’s Armstrong campus will hold their commencement on Saturday.