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U.S. News & World Report 2019 "Best Colleges" Rankings Are OUT!
The U.S. News and World Report "Best Colleges" rankings are out. U.S. News and World Report ranked Fort Valley State University as the #31 historically black college or university (HBCU) in the country in its 2019 Best Colleges listing, released today. FVSU’s ranking was #1 among Georgia public HBCUs and #18 among public HBCUs nationally. This year’s listing, which evaluated 1,400 schools, emphasized the earning potential and job prospects of college graduates. These rankings are a testament to the continued alumni financial contributions and support for our students and the university. At The Fort Valley State University YOU CAN discover your genius!
FVSUNAA New Student Cookout 2018 Presented by Warner Robins Alumni Chapter
First impression is the best impression. And for our Freshmen Wildcats who are coming from all parts of the world, we want to welcome them to the Wildcat Family. What better way to welcome them is to have a family cookout. Join the Warner Robins Alumni Chapter in either volunteering, donating food or money to this annual event on campus. The Freshmen Cookout will be August 18, 2018 from 12 Noon to 3PM. For more information, email Angela Fussell, Assistant VP, FVSUNAA WRAAC at email@example.com or call at 229.403.2383.
FVSU Statement on Potential Employee Misconduct
We, at the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc., would like to always make our alumni aware of the great news, as well as, any information pertaining to our great university. We understand that there have been speculations over the past couple of days concerning a situation on campus and around the city of Fort Valley. It is our hope that our alumni will not engage in any negative, incorrect or misinformation that is involved in this situation despite what you may or may not have heard from others. We, as Wildcats, must continue to lead and be the positive light for our university and the community. Please, do not indulge yourself into any social media fodder until ALL of the facts have been presented and resolved. Below, is the statement by the university on the current status of this situation.
Dear FVSU Family:
Fort Valley State University recently notified the University System of Georgia about potential employee misconduct. We can confirm that the University System of Georgia is now conducting an investigation into this alleged employee misconduct, and an FVSU employee who is allegedly involved has been placed on administrative leave. We can also confirm that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Office of the Attorney General are involved and investigating whether criminal activity has occurred. With the investigation pending, we cannot comment further.
The FVSU Office of Marketing and Communications
Nominate Your Fellow Alumni
2018 Alumni Awards Recognition Program
Do you know a Fort Valley State University (FVSU) alumna or alumnus who deserves special recognition? The true measure of a university’s greatness can be found in the achievements of its alumni. Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. (FVSUNAA) is proud to recognize our alumni for their outstanding accomplishments and achievements.
FVSU JOHN W. DAVISION LECTURE SERIES: ANGELA RYE
Fort Valley State University's legendary John W. Davison Lecture Series continues with a discussion led by Angela Rye, the popular political strategist, commentator, and activist who will discuss "Activism in Action" on Tuesday, March 27th at 7 p.m. at the C.W. Pettigrew Center on the campus of Fort Valley State University. Rye is Principal and CEO of IMPACT Strategies, a political advocacy firm in the nation's capital. The event is free and open to the public.
31st Annual FVSU Scholarship Luncheon
Our 31st Annual Fort Valley State University Scholarship Luncheon will take place on Monday, February 19, 2018, at 12 noon (doors open at 11 am) in the Health & Physical Education Complex on the campus of The Fort Valley State University, Fort Valley, Georgia 31030. With your financial support, FVSU will continue to develop the next generation of leaders and students' dreams of obtaining a college degree become a reality. Every donation makes a difference.
Savannah State University Alumni: A Ghana Cultural Experience Tour
Savannah State University alumni is sponsoring a Ghana Cultural Experience tour June 8-19, 2018 and are inviting you, our FVSU alumni and friends to join us! The trip is for anyone who is interested in exploring the Continent of Africa—our Mother Land!
The Passing of a Legend. Dr. Odessa Harrison McNair, FVSU Class of 1954
Dr. McNair has made her transition and memorial services will be on Monday, Nov. 13th at 11 a.m. at FVSU C. W. Pettigrew Center. All faculty, staff and students are asked to reserve parking spaces near the C. W. Pettigrew Center for family and friends of Dr. McNair from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Faculty and staff are directed to park between the C.V. Troup Building and the Ag Communications Building. Student parking is available near Wildcat Commons. The FVSU shuttle bus will transport students to campus destinations. Thank you for your cooperation as we offer our support to the community and McNair family.
28th Fountain City Classic
Classic Magic Is BACK!
There will be alumni, fans and friends there to celebrate this storied rivalry between the Wildcats of Fort Valley State University and the Rams of Albany State University. Will you be there to see the Rams attempt to take revenge on the Wildcats for last years defeat.
1st Annual Marsh Madness Battle of the Bands
The FVSU Blue Machine Marching Band will be performing at Marsh Madness Battle of the Bands on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at T.A. Wright Stadium, Savannah State University, Savannah, GA at 3 PM. Doors open at 2 PM. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 at the door. $7 for students w/ID *only available for purchase in person.
Wildcat Walk: Calling All Freshmen &
I have been notified that A “Freshmen Walk” will take place on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, at 7:30 pm. The Marketing Office will be releasing additional details. The planners hope this event will develop into a tradition and help new students experience a tangible crossover into the Wildcat community.
FVSUNAA Bylaws & Governance
Attention to all "Active" alumni in the approval of our bylaws and governance of the Association. For more information, click the button.
The Return of the Champions
The Fort Valley State University Athletic Department will host a special ceremony (Return of the Champions) for all former football players who played on any FVSU Football championship team.
FVSUNAA Mini Conference 2017
Wildcats, mark your calendar for the FVSUNAA, Inc. Mini Conference to be held on our beautiful campus on July 21-22, 2017. Please, plan to be in attendance.
Wildcat Nation True Blue Express Fan Bus & Lodging
Join fellow Wildcat Fans for a weekend of football, food, fellowship, and fun! Get on the bus to the FVSU/Southern football game in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (by way of New Orleans) on September 30, 2017. For more information and a registration form, please contact Winston Lawson, 478.951.5420 or 478.922.1328.
Childhood Dream Becomes Reality
Dr. Terrence Ferguson, a veterinarian and 1992 graduate of Fort Valley State College (University), is co-owner of the veterinary practice Critter Fixer located in Byron and Warner Robins, Georgia.
HBCU Alumni Alliance FVSU 2018 Cardigan Sweater
The HBCU Alumni Organization has embarked on a campaign to raise scholarship funds for deserving students. FVSU has a specific link to order sweaters and a percentage of each order will be received to benefit our students. We will receive $20 per sweater as proceeds. The campaign ends September 30th and production will start after that date. The sweaters should be received within 3-4 weeks. Purchase yours today!
FVSUNAA Wildcats Royal Caribbean Cruise 2019
FVSU Wildcats & Friends Cruise booking has been extended to October 31, 2018 or until all remaining cabins are sold. Submit your deposit ($250 per person) NOW to join us on this historic cruise! Cabin balance must be paid in full by February 17, 2019.
Thanks to all persons who have already accepted our invitation to cruise with us next summer aboard the world's largest cruise ship, "Symphony of the Seas". This seven-day cruise is going to be an exciting one, especially with the ports of call: St. Thomas, St. Kitts and Cocoa Cay in the Bahamas.
Please share this cruise notice and brochure with family and friends. This extension for cruise deposit ($250 per person) will run through October 31, 2018 (or until all cabins are sold). The cruise balance must be paid in full by February 17, 2019. So, ‘Welcome Aboard” and tell all your friends, neighbors and family members about the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association Fellowship Cruise. Proceeds from this cruise will provide scholarships for FVSU students. See more information about cost of cruise and how to submit registration form to sign up on attached CRUISE BROCHURE.
Please make your payments by these options: 1.) Payments made by mail via check or money order, please, print out the registration form and fill it out and return it with your payments. Refer to payments schedule chart made by check or money order to the chart on the "Downloadable Flier" and mail to the address in the flier. Please, allow time for mail to reach its destination. 2.) Payments can be made by credit card via telephone by contacting, Arthur Johnson, Chair of the trip at (229) 894-2518 or Dorothy Buckner, FVSUNAA, Inc. Treasurer at (770) 996-4813 or (404) 307-5285. We want to remind you that Cabin 4I-Boardwalk View Balcony is SOLD OUT! The other cabins are still available as of today.
FVSU Alumni Directory
Fort Valley State University is joining Publishing Concepts (PCI) to publish the 2019 Fort Valley State University Alumni Directory. Starting soon, PCI will be contacting you via mail, phone, and email asking you to participate by updating your contact information. We ask that you would please respond as accurately and quickly. Let's make the Alumni Directory memorable for ALL alumni!
FVSUNAA, Inc. 2018-2020 Elected Officers
During the 25th Biennial Conference, we elected new officers to oversee the Association for the two-year term of 2018-2020. President, LouAnn Gross has been re-elected to a second term and she will be working alongside a new Vice President in Ashley Ballard, alumni chapter president of Fort Valley area. A new secretary, a 2007 graduate, in Alonna Davis. Congratulations to our newly elected officers as they work to take our Association higher!
Statement from the University Pertaining SACS Accreditation Warning
Full Speed Ahead! We, at the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc., would like to update you on the information we emailed a couple of days ago concerning our accreditation warning on last Summer. The official announcement from the university and more detailed information has been made public. To read the announcement, click on the button below.
FVSUNAA, Inc. Dekalb Alumni Chapter Presents "DOT"
Please join us for a night at the theatre featuring the True Colors hit "Dot" to supportscholarships for students at Fort Valley State University. Tickets are $30 and can be purchased by contacting Carolyn Vason at 678.612.6406 or FVSUNAA, Inc. President, LouAnn Gross at 678.895.4906.
SHORT SYNOPSIS: After directing Children of a Lesser God on Broadway, Kenny Leon returns home to direct True Colors Theatre's Atlanta premiere of Dot by Colman Domingo. Dot uses comedy to depict one family’s reaction to an aging parent’s slide into dementia. The play follows Dotty, a mother who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease, and her three children—Shelly, Donnie, and Averie—who are all figuring out how to deal with it in their own way.
Congratulations Wildcat! Judge Chimere Chisolm-Trimble
We are excited to share with you that the newest MunicipalCourt Judge in Fort Valley, Georgia is an alumna of The Fort Valley State University. Please join us at the Investiture Ceremony for Judge Chimere Chisolm-Trimble on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm at City Hall in the City of Fort Valley. Chimere Chisolm-Trimble ‘02 is a native of Southwest Georgia and the founder and owner of Chisolm Trimble & Associates, LLC. She received her Bachelors of Art in Political Science with a minor in History from Fort Valley State University, Masters in Public Administration with an emphasis in Policy Analysis and
Non Profit Management from Georgia State University and Juris Doctor from North Carolina Central University School of Law.
Statement from the University System of Georgia
We, at the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc., would like to update you on the information provided by the university from the University System of Georgia. As the investigation continues, the University System of Georgia has shown support in this effort to assist in the conclusion of this matter. We applaud the efforts of the USG to find credible, quality investigation that will shine the light on this situation. We thank you, our alumni, on your continued support and patience for the facts. We will continue to update you on any information received by the university. Below, is the statement by the university on the current status of this situation.
Dear FVSU Family:
Please find below a statement released from the University System of Georgia today regarding the employee misconduct investigation.
Statement from the University System of Georgia (USG):
(April 19, 2018)
On April 5, 2018, administrators with Fort Valley State University (FVSU) received two separate reports alleging wrongdoing. One report was made anonymously as a tip on a campus complaint hotline. The second report was made separately by an employee to the campus Title IX coordinator. The USG in conjunction with FVSU began an immediate investigation in accordance with its policies.
This investigation included additional interviews with students and staff on April 9, 2018. On the same day, the USG immediately contacted the Georgia Attorney General’s office because of the nature of the allegations stemming from these interviews.
Contrary to reports published in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, no member of the Board of Regents was on campus and involved in the initial reports of alleged wrongdoing, nor did any member of the Board of Regents contact the state Attorney General’s office regarding these allegations.
The university’s investigation is ongoing, as is the state’s. We need them both to be professional, thorough and timely. In the interim, we are extremely concerned about potential misinformation that has been published about the allegations.
Statements attributed to a Georgia Bureau of Investigation agent about the investigation published by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution are distressing at best and false in detail. We have asked that this agent be removed from any further involvement in the case. We regret deeply having to take this course but we need a credible, quality investigation conducted with complete integrity.
FVSUNAA 25th Biennial Conference
Join us for the Biennial Conference on July 19-21, 2018 on the campus of Fort Valley State University.
MLB Diversity Fellowship Program
This week is the last week to apply for the MLB Diversity Fellowship Program as our deadline for accepting applications is this Friday, November 17th at 5 pm ET.
Fort Valley State will defend its SIAC Football crown after capturing the Eastern Division.
Gregory Lloyd Black College Football Hall of Fame Inductee
Congratulations to Gregory Lenard Lloyd for being named one of the inductees into the Black College Football Hall of Fame Class of 2018.
We are #WILDCATSTRONG
From the Desk of our President, LouAnn Gross on the affect of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey.
39th Annual Hunt-Bond-Troup Scholarship Awards Banquet
The Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. invites you to join us as we host our annual Hunt-Bond-Troup/Hall of Fame Scholarship Awards Banquet. Join us in honoring The Hall of Famers. The theme for this year's banquet is "Legacy of Leaders".
BLUE OUT NIGHT: Wildcats Wear Your Royal Blue
Don't miss the Wildcats' Home Opener against Miles College's Golden Bears on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 6PM, Wildcat Stadium. General Admission: $10 | Reserve Seating: $25
Gates Open at 4PM
GET YOUR TICKETS!
FVSU Mourns Passing of Former FVSU First Lady, Mamie Burse
Wildcat Nation today mourns the passage of former first lady Mamie Balbon Burse, who served with former president Dr. Luther Burse from 1983-1988.
Ex-Seahawk Ricardo Lockette Tearfully Reunites with Paramedics Who Saved His Life
Recently, Lockette–now retired from football–met with paramedics at the Washington Fire Chiefs convention in Spokane, Washington. There, he spoke about how his life was saved by paramedics in Arlington, Texas.
Celebrating Our Student Athletes
The university celebrated our student athletes at its Annual Athletic Banquet.
FVSU Tag the Valley
Tag the Valley is an opportunity for alumni and friends of the University to show their support of FVSU Athletics by making a donation to the FVSU Foundation, Inc.- Athletics. Donors who make a gift to the Tag the Valley Campaign at the designated levels will be recognized by having their name printed on a light pole banner that will hang proudly on campus for the 2018-2019 academic year. Please see the Tag the Valley Campaign form for more details. If you have additional questions, contact the FVSU Foundation, Inc. at (478) 825-6474.
FVSU New Head Basketball Coach
Fort Valley State University today announced the appointment of Mark D. Sherrill as head coach of the men's basketball team. From a pool of almost eighty diverse candidates, Sherrill was selected by a search committee made up of staff, board members, and alumni. For the past 24 years, Sherrill has served as associate head men's basketball coach for Charlotte, North Carolina's Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) Golden Bulls. He has been inducted into the Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Hall of Fame. During his tenure coaching the Golden Bulls, the team won CIAA Western Division championships in 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007, 2008, and 2009 and Southern Division championships in 2016 and 2018. The team made it to the NCAA Division II tournament "Elite Eight" in 2001. Sherrill has also served as head men's cross country coach and director of Johnson C. Smith's basketball camp.
"Mark Sherrill is a proven coach with high character who will energize FVSU's winning tradition," said Anthony Holloman, vice president of advancement and interim athletic director. "We are confident that he will make an immediate impact using his unique perspective as a winning coach and a standout student athlete to recruit top talent, instill winning practices, and develop the athletic and academic skills of his players."
"I am excited and blessed to be selected as the new head men's basketball coach at Fort Valley State University," said Coach Sherrill. "I am aware of the university's rich tradition and the Wildcat Pride that is exemplified by students and generations of alumni. I look forward to representing FVSU and collaborating with students, faculty, staff, alumni, and supporters to uphold the legacy while promoting winning ways on and off the basketball court."
Coach Sammie Jackson announced his resignation of Head Men's Basketball effective September 30, 2018 to devote time to critical family issues which require his full attention.
Dr. Harry L. Williams Speaker at FVSUNAA, Inc. 25th Biennial Conference
Thank you Dr. Harry L. Williams, president & CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund, for stopping by the "Valley" to lend your voice to our alumni at the 2018 25th Biennial Conference. Your insight to the plight of HBCUs and the progress that our alma mater has and will continue to make is most appreciated.
HBCU Alumni Alliance Annual 5K Run/2K Walk
The largest race of its kind in the country will be held on Saturday, June 30th.We are TAKING OVER the ATL & DC. In Atlanta, the race will be at Piedmont Park and in Washington, DC, on the campus of Howard University, The MECCA. Both races start times are at 8 am. We are joining forces to raise funds for our schools by leveraging the full value of the Alumni Alliance. Together, we are here to educate the community, provide financial resources, offer volunteers, and work strategically with our community partners to make a measurable impact to address the following issues: health, hunger, and education. Your registration will go a long way in assisting Fort Valley State University in providing needed scholarship and financial assistance for our students. Whether you live in the ATL or DC or not in the metropolitan areas of these two cities, you are not obligated to run when you register. Any and all Wildcats, friends, family and/or coworkers can register on either site and select, "Fort Valley State University". Your registrations guarantees a portion of the monies raised will go towards our alumni chapters, into which, will go towards our alma mater. Registration fee is $35 in Atlanta and $45 in Washington, DC. Register Today & we hope to see the Royal Blue & Old Gold represented at both races!
FVSUNAA, Inc. Proposed Bylaws & Governance 2018
FVSU Alumni: In July 2017, draft bylaws were disseminated to members of the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. requesting comments, along with a timeline and framework for soliciting comments. The draft bylaws were sent to members via email, posted to the Association website and Facebook, and provided to members during chapter meetings over the past nine (9) months. The comment period for the "draft proposed" bylaws has ended. No further comments can be accepted. The timeline is attached for your information.
In July 2018, during the 25th Biennial Conference, members of the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. will be asked to vote yes or no on the adoption of the attached "proposed draft" bylaws.
The "proposed" bylaws have been formatted alongside the "current" bylaws for ease in reading. Grammatical and other minor non-substantive changes will be made for purposes of clarity.
Questions regarding the "proposed draft" bylaws should be directed to LouAnn Gross at firstname.lastname@example.org or (678) 895-4906 or to Mr. Charles Robinson at email@example.com.
August 1, 2017 - Disseminated for initial review and comments to stakeholders. (Sent electronically from the Office of Alumni Relations on behalf of the FVSU NAA, Inc. President)
September 15, 2017 - Initial comments due
October 26, 2017 - Presented as final draft at Homecoming Business Meeting
December 11, 2017 - Second comments period ends for draft of final document - Second round of comments due
March 30, 2018 - Comments compiled and presented to the FVSU NAA, Inc. Board of Directors
May 3 or 4, 2018 - Proposed document presented at the Spring Business Meeting (Commencement)
July 19 -21, 2018 - Final proposed document presented for adoption
The 77th FVSU Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremony
On behalf of the Fort Valley State University National Alumni Association, Inc. and the thousands of Wildcats worldwide, we would like to say congratulation to the Class of 2018 on completing one chapter of your life. We would like to say a special congratulations to our very own, NFL Super Bowl Winner and Wildcat, Tyrone Poole, who will be receiving his degree and will be this year's commencement speaker.
FVSU FAVOR Fund 1st Annual Day Party
The FVSU FAVOR presents its First Annual Day Party on Saturday, May 12, 2018 at 2PM until 8PM at the Chocolate Room, 3150 Highway 41 N Suite 2004, Centerville, GA. There will be live performances from "Sax Man" Damon Brown & DJ Shells. The entry fee is $15. There will be Wildcat Drink Specials & heavy hors d'oeuvres. 100% of the proceeds from this event will benefit scholarships for FVSU Women's Athletics. If you are unable to attend, please, donate online through Facebook @FVSUFAVORFund or by clicking on the button below to the university website. Select "FAVOR" in the drop down menu for "Fund". If you wish to write a check, make it payable to FVSU Foundation with a note to FAVOR Fund. Mail to FVSU Foundation, Inc, 1005 State University Drive, Fort Valley, GA 31030. We ask that you support our Lady Wildcats as they continue the winning legacy and academic achievements.
Georgia Doom Battle of the Bands
Purchase your tickets to the Georgia Doom football game at the Macon Coliseum on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at 7PM. The halftime show will be the "Blue Machine Marching Band" of FVSU versus the "Ram Showband" of Albany State.
FVSU 2018 WILDCAT ATHLETICS AWARD CEREMONY
Fort Valley State University (FVSU) Intercollegiate Athletics Department will proudly honor nearly 200 student-athletes who participated in Wildcats Athletics this season, at 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 in the HPE Complex on the FVSU campus. The athletics department is requesting to help defray the cost of honoring our student-athletes by agreeing to become a sponsor of a "Team" or "Individual" award. Your name or organization's name will be highlighted during the program. Contributions must be received on or before April 12, 2018. Tickets are $10.00 and may be purchased through the FVSU Athletics Department. Any individual or organization making contributions will receive one ticket for every $100 donated to this event. You will enjoy that incomparable feeling of knowing that you have contributed to the positive memory of some of FVSU's best and brightest students; OUR student-athletes!
FVSU Day at the Capitol
FVSU Day at the Capitol in Atlanta, GA. Join the Wildcats on Tues., Feb. 13, 2018 at 8AM. Alumni are encouraged to attend to reconnect with the university & speak with elected officials about the value of our alma mater. Support our visit by wearing Blue & Gold. See You There!
FVSU 2018 Wildcat Football Schedule
Fort Valley State University Director of Athletics, Dr. Darryl Pope, has announced Wildcats 2018 Football Schedule. The Wildcats 10 game schedule includes four home games, five away games and the Fountain City Classic.
33rd Annual GAAHBSU
GAAHBSU is a consortium of the National Alumni Associations of Albany State University, Fort Valley State University, and Savannah State University. It is organized to advance their missions and to help ensure the futures of these historically significant institutions. (Georgia Alumni Association of Historically Black State Universities) Legislative Conference will be held on January 23–25, 2018.
FVSUNAA Wildcat Pride Fund
The Wildcat Pride Fund (WPF) will be the mechanism for giving to those areas for which you are passionate and are a source of pride.
Eddie Anderson Jersey Retirement
This Saturday's game versus Benedict College will feature a half time ceremony where the jersey #45 of Wildcat Legend and National Football League Pro Bowler Eddie Anderson will be retired.
Alumni Recruitment Meeting
The Office of Recruitment and Admissions will host a recruitment training for FVSU Alumni on September 16th in Miller Hall Auditorium from 1:30 PM to 3:30 PM.
2nd Annual FVSU Touchdown Club
Don't miss the Wildcats' Home Opener against Miles College's Golden Bears on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017 at 4:30 PM, Student Amenities Center. Cost: $200 Per Guest | VIP: $300 a Ticket
FVSUNAA Freshmen Cookout 2017
First impression is the best impression. And for our Freshmen Wildcats who are coming from all parts of the world, we want to welcome them to the Wildcat Family. What better way to welcome them is to have a family cookout. Join the Warner Robins Alumni Chapter in either volunteering, donating food or money to this annual event on campus. The Freshmen Cookout will be August 12, 2017 from Noon to 2PM. For more information, email the Association at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wildcats Football Championship Ring Ceremony
With a championship comes rings, the Fort Valley State University Athletics Department and family invites you to a championship ring ceremony on Wednesday, May 17 at 7 pm in the Pettigrew Center on FVSU’s campus. The President, Director of Athletics and Head Football Coach will be awarding the rings to each individual player and coach.
Spring Commencement Speaker
Hollywood comes home to Fort Valley as actress Karan Kendrick is featured as the Fort Valley State University Commencement speaker.