November 28, 2018

Jessica Pope
Communications and Media Relations Coordinator

Thibault Deneve Named VSU College of Humanities and Social Sciences Top Graduate

VALDOSTA — Thibault Deneve of Lessines, Belgium, is the recipient of the Fall 2018 President’s Award for Academic Excellence for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Valdosta State University.

The President’s Award for Academic Excellence is presented to the graduating student with the highest grade point average in each of VSU’s six colleges — Harley Langdale Jr. College of Business Administration, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of the Arts, James L. and Dorothy H. Dewar College of Education and Human Services, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, and College of Science and Mathematics.

VSU will celebrate its 226th commencement on Friday, Dec. 7, and Saturday, Dec. 8.

Deneve will serve as the official banner carrier for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences during the undergraduate commencement ceremony at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 8, on the VSU Front Lawn. He will graduate summa cum laude with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

“It is an honor to be here,” he said. “I owe to my family and friends for their support and my officers, non-commissioned officers, brothers and sisters in arms, as well as my professors here at VSU, that made me the person I am today.”

Deneve came to VSU after serving five years in the French Armed Forces and four years in the Belgium Armed Forces.

As a student at VSU, Deneve was a member of the Society for International Students, Alpha Lambda Delta: National Honor Society for First-Year Success, the Society of Physics Students, and the Valdosta Society of Astronomy Students. He was an honorary member of Pi Delta Phi: The National French Honor Society. 

Deneve’s commitment to academic excellence resulted in him earning the Outstanding Criminal Justice Student of the Year Award and the Outstanding Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminal Justice Student Award and being named to the Dean’s List during his time at VSU.   

Deneve hopes to earn a graduate assistantship and pursue a Master of Science in sociology during the Spring 2019 semester at VSU. His ultimate goal is to work in law enforcement. He is the son of Pascal Deneve and Veronique Deroche.

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