Fort Valley State University Celebrates Academic Excellence at 73rd Honors Convocation

Posted on Apr 04, 2024

Fort Valley State University (FVSU) marked a prestigious milestone as the 73rd Honors Convocation took place on March 28. Held at the Health and Physical Education Complex, the Convocation stands as the premier event in the University's calendar, dedicated to showcasing the academic achievements of students.

More than 800 FVSU scholars graced the stage to be praised for their outstanding achievements throughout the 2023-2024 academic year. The occasion served as a testament to the institution's commitment to nurturing scholarly brilliance and recognizing those who have excelled in their academic endeavors.

The criteria for student recognition during Honors Convocation demands a sustained commitment to excellence. Students eligible for acknowledgment have maintained an institutional and cumulative average of not less than a "B" across twelve or more semester hours of university coursework. Additionally, recognition extends to those who have earned membership in regional, national, or international honor societies for their distinguished academic performance, received departmental honors, and/or garnered special scholastic awards.

The Honors Convocation, sponsored by the FVSU Office of Academic Affairs, began with a warm welcome from Olufunke A. Fontenot, Ed.D., provost and vice president for Academic Affairs. Fontenot set the tone for a day dedicated to celebration and recognition. Berlethia J. Pitts, Ph.D.,professor of English, gave the occasion, reminding attendees of the convocation's significance and meaning.

Brigadier General Kelvin D. McElroy, Commander of Force Generation at Robins Air Force Base, served as the distinguished guest speaker whose inspiring words resonated with students, igniting a spirit of determination and ambition.

President Paul Jones, Ph.D., presented scholastic awards, emphasizing the university's commitment to honoring exceptional achievements across various domains.
Timothy L. Hatchett, Ph.D., vice president of Student Affairs and Enrollment Management, presented student awards focusing on Greek organizations and athletic scholars. Respective deans also presented departmental awards, highlighting the diverse array of academic disciplines thriving within the FVSU community.

The 73rd Honors Convocation celebrated academic achievement and reaffirmed the University's unwavering dedication to excellence in education.

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