Mercer University conferred bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees to more than 2,200 students at five commencements held in May in Macon and Atlanta.

Four Cedartown residents were among those who graduated from Mercer during the 2020-2021 academic year. They are:

Madison Blazer, College of Education, Master of Arts in Teaching

Carter Dingler, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Bachelor of Arts

Wayne Wright Gammon III, School of Law, Juris Doctor

Lauren Ashley Smith, School of Law, Juris Doctor

Founded in 1833, Mercer University is a dynamic and comprehensive center of undergraduate, graduate and professional education.

The University enrolls more than 9,000 students in 12 schools and colleges — liberal arts and sciences, law, pharmacy, medicine, business, engineering, education, theology, music, nursing, health professions, and professional advancement — on major campuses in Macon and Atlanta, medical school sites in Macon, Savannah and Columbus, and at regional academic centers in Henry and Douglas counties.

Printup graduates from Valdosta State

Kalisha Printup of Aragon, Georgia, has earned the Bachelor of Science in Health Science from Valdosta State University.

Printup is among more than 1,100 students who completed their degree requirements during 2021 spring semester.

“I am incredibly proud of our graduates for having the dedication to overcome countless obstacles, including this ongoing global health crisis, and to finish strong and reach this significant milestone,” said Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, president of VSU.

“I am similarly so proud of the world-class faculty and staff who supported these students through life-changing teaching, mentoring, advising, research, community engagement opportunities, and much more on their journey to this special day.”

Established in 1906, Valdosta State University is a premier comprehensive university that offers both the extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close, personal attention of smaller institutions.


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