Area residents graduate from Georgia Southwestern State University

The following area residents were among 247 students who graduated from Georgia Southwestern State University during the Spring 2016 Commencement Ceremony held on Friday, May 6 in Convocation Hall of the Student Success Center.

Karla Basko of Doerun earned Bachelor of Business Administration in management

Jodie Kretzer of Sylvester earned master’s degree in business administration

Jakin Tillery of Sylvester earned Bachelor of Science in Education in special education cum laude

The commencement speaker was retired Sen. George Hooks, a 32-year veteran of the Georgia legislature.

Georgia Southwestern State University, located in Americus, GA, is a public, four-year University of the University System of Georgia with nearly 3,000 students. Georgia Southwestern offers professional programs of study and degrees in the arts, education, humanities, nursing, sciences, and graduate programs in business, computer science, education, English, and nursing. Founded in 1906, Georgia Southwestern is recognized as one of the best value small colleges in the nation. Visit for more information.

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