These two students from Georgia recently received four-year degrees from the University of Georgia by completing their course work at the UGA Tifton campus.
TIFTON, Ga. -- Ten University of Georgia-Tifton graduates were celebrated, commended and instructed at the campus' annual graduation reception this past Saturday at the Tifton Campus Conference Center.
Brandi Bishop, of Zebulon; Ashley Cochran, of Dalton; Jamison Cruce, of Suches; Christopher Earls, of Lyons; Kyle Harris, of Cochran; Blaine Holbrook, of Nashville; James Judson, of Cochran; Brittaney Schwing, of Chula; Tiffany Walker, of Chickamauga, and Jessica Exum Goodman, of Morven, graduated from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
"This group was extra special because I have worked with them for four years," said Amber Turner, Tifton's coordinator for academic programs. "It was extra special because I got to see them from their first day of college all the way to their last day. It was emotional."
Turner was followed by messages from Joe West, assistant dean on the Tifton Campus; Josef Broder, assistant dean for academic affairs in CAES; Diana King, a CAES assistant professor; Rep. Sam Watson, alumni speaker, and Bishop, who spoke on behalf of the graduates.
A highlight of the ceremony was the recognition of the Student MVP Award recipient. Schwing, who grew up in Colquitt County but who now lives in Chula, was chosen by the UGA faculty to receive the award. To be chosen, Schwing had to complete an application, maintain a 3.2 grade point average in her UGA coursework, and be graded on professionalism, service and scholarship.
"Out of all the students, she's been here the (least amount of time)," Turner said, "but she has really stepped up."
The afternoon was capped by a slideshow featuring the students' time at the UGA-Tifton Campus.
For more on the degree programs at the UGA campus in Tifton, go to www.students.caes.uga.edu/Tifton.
Clinton Thompson is information ccordinator for the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Envionmental Sciences.