VALDOSTA — A Jackson resident is among the fall 2017 graduates of Valdosta State University.

Brandy Austin earned the Master of Education in early childhood education.

Nearly 800 undergraduate and graduate students completed the requirements for their respective degrees during the fall 2017 semester, the university said.

“Graduation is a defining moment in every student’s life,” said Richard A. Carvajal, president of VSU. “We are excited to pay tribute to the outstanding efforts of our fall graduates and celebrate education as the foundation upon which success is built. These students have had to overcome any number of challenges to reach this point in their life’s journey. It is that very perseverance that protects and nurtures Blazer Nation’s 100-plus-year-old tradition of academic, creative, athletic, research and service excellence. This celebration is not an ending but the beginning of many great things to come.”

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