Honors Convocation Features Alumnus Dominique Nichols, 2017 Bibb County Teacher of the Year



Fort Valley State University will recognize 510 students next week as part of its 66th Annual Honors Convocation at 11 a.m. on Thursday, March 16 in FVSU’s Health and Physical Education Complex. This year’s keynote speaker is Dominique Nichols, 2012 FVSU alumnus, 2017 Bibb County Teacher of the Year, and candidate for the 2018 Georgia Teacher of the Year. Nichols has taught various English and Language Arts classes at Macon’s Westside High School since 2013. Currently, he is teaching world literature to sophomores and advanced placement literature and composition to seniors. Nichols earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from Fort Valley State University and a Master of Arts degree in Teaching Secondary English Education from Georgia College and State University.

“The proficiency and professionalism that Mr. Nichols learned at FVSU have helped him become one of Georgia’s top educators,” said Dr. T. Ramon Stuart, provost and vice president for academic affairs. “He is the embodiment of excellence and thoroughness and has made service to mankind a top priority. We are honored to have him come back to campus to motivate our highest performing students to reach for the highest goals.”

To be recognized at the Honors Convocation, students had to maintain a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or better. Select students will receive special awards (see below). Students with the highest GPAs of all athletes and members of Greek-lettered organizations will also be honored. The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Awards will be issued as well. Click here for the complete list of students recognized for their high academic achievements.

Special award recipients include:


  • Abrahana F. James, the Board of Regents Academic Recognition Award – Given to a student who is a representative of outstanding scholastic achievement; holds a 4.0 GPA (or close to it); be an undergraduate and resident of Georgia.

  • Christopher Ray, The Henry A. Hunt Award – The Henry A. Hunt Prize is awarded to that student in the university who, in the opinion of the faculty, best exemplifies the ideals of loyalty, integrity and thoroughness of Henry Alexander Hunt, principal of the Fort Valley Normal and Industrial School from 1904 to 1938.

  • Alexis Burdette, The State Teachers Award – The State Teachers Alumni Award is an annual award made by the alumni of the State Teachers and Agricultural College at Forsyth (now merged with this institution) to the student who, through leadership, intelligence and vision, best exemplifies the life work of William Merida Hubbard, founder of the State Teachers and Agricultural College. From 1939 to 1941, he served as director of public relations of Fort Valley State College.

  • Taelor Jones, The Fort Valley Alumni Award – Fort Valley State University Alumni Award is an annual award made by the National Alumni Association, Inc. of Fort Valley State University to that member of the senior class who, in the judgment of the faculty, is considered the best all-around student.

  • Deja Clay, Al Knox Award – The Al Knox Award is a cash award given each year by the faculty in honor of the late Al Knox, president of the junior class of 1942, who died in military action. It is awarded to the member of the senior class whose personality, scholarship, and personal life promise fulfillment of a career which the friends of Al Knox, confidently expected of him at the time of his death.

  • Janeal Jackson, Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Greek-Lettered Female with the Highest Average

  • Christopher Ray, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Greek-Lettered Male with the Highest Average

  • Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Greek Organization with the Highest Average

  • Alia Hayes, Women’s Tennis, Female Athlete with the Highest Average

  • Brian Cornish, Football, Male Athlete with the Highest Average

  • Mariah Rouse (MS I), Victor Nwafor (MS II), Jasmine Stone (MSIII) and Ezequiel Rivera (MS IV), The Department of the Army Superior Cadet Awards
  • Following the convocation, a reception is planned for honorees and their guests. Classes will be suspended from 10:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. to accommodate students who will be attending the convocation.

    The event is sponsored by the Office of Academic Affairs, Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Inc. and Beta Kappa Chi Scientific Honor Society.

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

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