Campus Message - March 19, 2020

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19 March 2020

Dear Blazer Family,

As many of you know, my favorite days of every year are Commencement days. The greatest joy I have as your President is handing out degrees as our graduates celebrate their amazing accomplishment with classmates, family and friends. 

And so, it is with deep sadness that we share the University System of Georgia has announced Spring Commencement ceremonies have been canceled for all 26 USG institutions, including VSU. I know how much our graduates have longed for this day, and I am truly sorry that this decision became necessary. That said, our top priority must be the health, safety, and wellbeing of all members of our VSU community, especially during these challenging times.

Following the successful completion of academic requirements, diplomas will be mailed directly to all VSU graduates. We are also looking for an alternative way to celebrate this year’s special group of graduates. A special announcement regarding that celebration will be coming soon. 

For now, please know that all of us in Blazer Nation are extremely proud of our graduates and their accomplishments. For many of you, completing a college degree changes not only your life, but the lives of your entire family for generations to come. Be proud of that, and know that your faculty and staff, your loved ones, and I are all proud of you!

Go Blazers!

Dr. Richard Carvajal  


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