Judge Lockette to be FVSU commencement speaker

Judge Willie Lockette

Note: Visit www.fvsu.edu/commencement for Live Stream and Video Shout-out instructions.

Update (4/27/16): The overflow room has changed. The new location is in the W.W. E. Blanchet CTM auditorium.

Update (5/5/16): Traffic Advisory for May 7, 2016 Commencement added below.

(Fort Valley, Ga.) – An accomplished legal eagle and scholar will give graduating seniors advice to help them navigate life after college during the FVSU commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 in the Health and Physical Education Complex. Judge Willie Earl Lockette, chief judge of the Superior Court of Dougherty County and an FVSU alumnus, will serve as the keynote speaker.

Lockette graduated summa cum laude from A. S. Clark High School in Cordele, Ga.; then, earned his bachelor’s degree in history and political science from Fort Valley State College in 1971.  At FVSC, Lockette was a Journalism Club member, the Political Science Association president, and The Peachite campus newspaper editor-in-chief. He was also a member of the Sigma Chi Forensic Society, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society.

Lockette graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1974 where he earned his juris doctorate. Later that year, he was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia and certified to practice law before the Georgia Supreme Court, Georgia Court of Appeals, the U .S. District Court for the northern and middle districts of Georgia, and the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the fifth and eleventh circuits.

He has earned professional diplomas in trial advocacy and general jurisdiction from the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Emory University School of Law, and the National Judicial College, and University of Nevada-Reno.

The judge started his legal career as a staff attorney with Georgia Legal Services Program’s Inc.’s Georgia Office. He was promoted to managing attorney three years later.

Lockette has served numerous impoverished citizens within the state and litigated several significant cases within Georgia’s trial and appellate courts at the state and federal level. For his efforts, Lockette was the first person to receive the Dan Bradley Award for Public Service.

Lockette also served as an adjunct professor of political science, history and public administration at Albany State University. In 1991, the FVSU alum was appointed associate judge of the Magistrate Court of Dougherty County in Albany on a part-time basis. In 1993, he was appointed chief judge of the Magistrate Court on a full-time basis. In 1996, the citizens of Dougherty County elected him as judge of the Superior Court of Dougherty County. He has been re-elected to four additional four-year terms without opposition. He has served as chief judge of the Superior Court of Dougherty County since 2009.

He has received numerous civic religious, social and professional awards. He is an ordained Baptist minister who has been married for 46 years to his wife, Helen. He has four children, 12 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

For details, visit www.fvsu.edu/commencement or call the Office of Marketing and Communications, (478) 825-6319.

Fort Valley State University Traffic Advisory for Spring Commencement 2016

Fort Valley State University’s Department of Campus Police and Safety released the 2016 Spring Commencement Traffic Advisory.

Travelers are encouraged to take Highway 341 or Highway 49 to Ira Hicks Boulevard

Traffic Advisory Reminders for Spring Commencement 2016

    • All streets will be open. 
    • Commencement Entrance: Enter the Health and Physical Education Complex from Ira Hicks Boulevard. 
    • Student Parking: Students are asked to park in the Wildcat Commons parking lot.
    • Faculty/Staff Parking:  Designated parking for faculty and staff is in the Bond Building and Pettigrew Center parking lots.
    • Guest Parking: Parking is available in Wildcat Stadium parking lot. Shuttle services is available. Parking for those with disabilities is available at the HPE Complex.
    • Overflow Viewing: Individuals without tickets can watch the graduation in the WWE Blanchet CTM auditorium.
    • Safety Searches: Searches will be conducted.



Christina D. Milton, public relations specialist

Marketing and Communications

(478) 825-6319, miltonc@fvsu.edu