Spring Commencement 2018

Saturday, May 5, 2018


Smiling GradFVSU Spring 2018 Commencement
Saturday, May 5, 2018
FVSU Health and Physical Education (HPE) Complex
1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030

Guests are asked to be seated by: 9:00 a.m.
Processional: 9:15 a.m.
Commencement Ceremony: 9:30 a.m.

The ceremony will be streamed live here.

Commencement at FVSU isn’t an ending, it is a beginning. Join the FVSU family as we celebrate a milestone in the career and character advancement of our students, when they successfully create the FVSU curricular regimen in a wide variety of fields and step forward to be leaders in the workplace or graduate school.

Tickets are required to attend this event. Tickets are distributed to graduates who may give tickets to family and friends at their discretion. Those on campus without tickets may view a live broadcast of the event in the C.W. Pettigrew Center auditorium.

FVSU will also provide a livestream broadcast of the event for those unable to attend.


Tyrone Poole, Class of 2018

The speaker for the 2018 Spring Commencement is NFL superstar Tyrone Poole, ’18. As a corner back for the New England Patriots, Mr. Poole was a member of two Super Bowl-winning teams, XXXVIII in 2004 and XXXIX in 2005. He was drafted in the first round by the Carolina Panthers in 1995 while studying business at FVSU. Though he initially left FVSU before completing degree requirements, he has continued his coursework and will now graduate as part of the Class of 2018.

Poole considers finishing his degree part of his lifelong dedication to finishing what he begins. “I’ve always attributed a lot of my success to my commitment to seeing a project or goal all the way to the end,” he said. “Pursuing my degree is another one of my personal goals. Considering how much time I spend speaking at schools and encouraging youth, as well as my own kids, to pursue their education, it is only right that I finish the deal.”

Poole notePoole Speakers that no one is ever too old to continue their education. As Commencement speaker, he plans to inspire his fellow graduates with the wisdom he has acquired on his path to success on and off the football field. He was determined to earn his degree from Fort Valley State University, a place he considers to have empowered him as a student and an athlete. Poole stands out in FVSU history as the first Wildcat to be selected in the first round of the NFL Draft and one of two FVSU athletes to be named an All-American in two sports (football and track and field). He set FVSU records in the 100 and 200 meter races.

“Sure I could’ve finished my degree in Atlanta or through a number of online colleges, but it was important to me to finish where I started— in Wildcat Country,” he said.

Poole was a starter during 12 of his 14 years in the NFL. In addition to the Patriots, he also played for the Indianapolis Colts, Denver Broncos, Oakland Raiders, and Tennessee Titans. His greatest passion is the Tyrone Poole 38 Foundation and its three pillars: education, fitness, and humanitarianism. He is the author of Ultimate Success in the Game of Life and has funded college scholarships, hosted “Ultimate Success Life Skills Seminars” for underserved youth, operated football camps, teamed with The Disability Channel to offer “virtual walk” fundraisers across the globe, supported global natural disasters, and sponsoring food drives in his hometown of LaGrange, GA.

Poole Wildcat

“An FVSU education is not just something which occurs for four years on our campus,” said Paul Jones, Ph.D., FVSU president. “It is a lifelong commitment to excellence, intellectual growth, curiosity, and a thirst for knowledge and truth. Mr. Poole is a testament to the Wildcat spirit, in which giving up is never an option and setting new standards of accomplishment is a way of life.”

Tickets are required to attend the Commencement ceremony. Media should contact FVSU Marketing and Communications to arrange attendance.

For photos and additional information regarding Commencement, visit www.fvsu.edu/commencement.
For more information about Tyrone Poole, visit www.tyronepoole38.com.