FVSU to hold 63rd annual Honors Convocation

March 14, 2014 – Fort Valley State University will honor more than 500 student scholars next week as part of its63rd Annual Honors Convocation. The event will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, March 20 in the Health and Physical Education Complex.

To be recognized at the event, Wildcat students needed to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Honorees will include students elected to membership in regional, national and international honor societies, and recipients of special scholastic awards and departmental honors.

According to Dr. Meigan M. Fields, founding director of the FVSU Honors Program, upperclassmen outnumber freshmen and sophomore honorees.

“Many students at this year’s convocation are repeat honorees,” Fields said. Traditionally, convocation participants receive a certificate and a handshake from the university president as they cross the stage.  This year, Fields said, they will receive a badge that she hopes will serve as a symbol to encourage others to want to earn additional ones.

This year’s keynote speaker is FVSU alum Brian TukesTukes, who graduated from FVSUin 2012, currently serves as the Public Safety Specialist for Governor Nathan Deal. TheFVSU alum coordinates budget requests, policy and legislation within the Department of Corrections, Pardon and Parole Board, the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and 12 additional state agencies. Tukes also coordinates policy recommendations with advisory councils that include the Martin Luther King Civil Rights Commission and the Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform.

Additionally, Tukes is currently enrolled in graduate school at the University of Georgia. He is serving as a graduate student liaison for the Department of Public Administration and Policy, and has had the opportunity to work with leading scholars, and co-author a policy memo to the RAND Institute entitled “Housing Our People with AIDS: A Policy Focus for the Next Wave of Human Rights.”

“He’s showing how with diligence and hard work students can multitask by maintaining a career and earning their education, and that’s what these honorees also represent: having a balanced academic career and social life,” Fields said. “We selected someone in their generation that can best demonstrate those qualities, even though we could have chosen any number of graduates, this young man had personal trials and tribulations, but overcame those to maintain his thrust forward.”

Before the event, FVSU’s Political Science Student Association will honor Tukes, a former vice president of the PSSA, with an invitation-only breakfast.

“They wanted to honor him for his accomplishments,” Fields said.

Honorees at this convocation also will be treated to a post-event reception. The event is being sponsored by Alpha Lambda Delta, Beta Kappa Chi, Phi Alpha Theta, and Pi Gamma Mu Honor Societies.

Classes will be suspended from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. to accommodate students attending the convocation.

For more information, contact the Office of Academic Affairs at (478) 825-6330.