Fall 2014 Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, December 13, 2014
9:30 a.m.
FVSU’s Health and Physical Education Complex
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Distinguished Speaker: Senator Freddie Powell Sims, Georgia State Senate, District 12

Guests will be required to present tickets in order to be admitted. Those without tickets will be directed to an overflow viewing area in the C. W. Pettigrew Center auditorium. After 9:30 a.m., guests are invited to view the ceremony remotely, from the comforts of home or at the C. W. Pettigrew Center. Campus parking is free. For questions regarding the ceremony, please call the Office of Academic Affairs, (478) 825-6330. Click here for more commencement details.

Senator Freddie Powell Sims, a Democrat from Albany, was elected to the state senate in 2008 to represent the 12th Senatorial District. Sen. Sims serves as secretary of the Education and Youth Committee and is also a member of the Appropriations, Retirement and natural resources and the environment committees.

Although this is her second legislative role, her community, civic and professional involvement has been extensive. Sen. Sims has been an active member of Kiwanis International, the Fort Valley State University Foundation Board, a Deputy Registrar for Dougherty County, Children in Poverty and several other organizations. Her involvement in such organizations has made her the recipient of several awards and certificates, including the 2004 Outstanding Financial Contributions to Capital Campaign award for Fort Valley State University and the 2008 Outstanding Legislator of the Year award for technical and adult education.

Sen. Sims decided to get into politics because of her desire to serve the public, more specifically to provide a voice for those citizens who do not seem to have one. Sims is a retired Middle School Principal and Doctor of Educational Leadership. Dr. Sims is a devout Baptist and is married to Norman Sims. The couple shares three daughters.

The 12th Senatorial District includes all of Baker, Calhoun, Clay, Dougherty, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, Quitman and Webster counties also portions of Mitchell and Sumter County.