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Albany State dual enrolled students graduate with degree and high school diploma

ALBANY, GA – Albany State University (ASU) graduated 41 dual enrolled students at the 2019 Spring Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 11. All 41 students was conferred a two-year degree and a high school diploma this May.

The dual enrollment program at Albany State University allows high school students to enroll at the institution and earn credits toward high school and college graduation requirements. Yomeda Martinez, D’Amber Butts, Jalen Williams, and Meagan Jackson will receive their high school diapolmas on Friday, May 17 from Mitchell County High School.

Martinez said that she was motivated to participate in the dual enrollment program because of the opportunity it would provide.

“Just knowing that I have the opportunity to be young and graduate with such an important degree, motivated me and also my parents,” said Martinez.

The accomplishment of graduating with a high school diploma and college degree is one, she said, that makes her family proud. “They’re very proud of me. My parents are Mexican, and I was the first one in my family to graduate with so many certificates and from a university. It’s a pretty big deal,” said Martinez.

After receiving her degree and diploma, Martinez plans to continue her education and eventually pursue a career as a dental hygienist.

Students who participate in the program can save both time and money with flexible scheduling opportunities and covered tuition and expenses. Butts was motivated to participate in the dual enrollment program because of the opportunity to save money on colleges cost. After attaining her college degree and high school diploma, she plans to pursue another degree at ASU.

“After graduation, I am going to continue at Albany State for one year and a semester and receive my undergraduate degree in psychology,” said Butts.

Students who graduate form the dual enrollment program feel more prepared for their future college careers.

“I just want to put myself in the best position possible to prepare myself for college,” said Williams. “I feel like this program will better position me for success.”

Williams, who intends to pursue engineering, also plans to continue his education at Albany State University.

For more information about ASU’s dual enrollment program, click here.

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About Albany State University

Albany State University, a proud member institution of the University System of Georgia, elevates its community and region by offering a broad array of graduate, baccalaureate, associate, and certificate programs at its main campuses in Albany as well as at strategically-placed branch sites and online. Committed to excellence in teaching and learning, the University prepares students to be effective contributors to a globally diverse society, where knowledge and technology create opportunities for personal and professional success. ASU respects and builds on the historical roots of its institutional predecessors with its commitment to access and a strong liberal arts heritage that respects diversity in all its forms and gives all students the foundation they need to succeed. Through creative scholarship, research, and public service, the University’s faculty, staff, students, and administrators form strategic alliances internally and externally to promote community and economic development, resulting in an improved quality of life for the citizens of southwest Georgia and beyond. Visit www.asurams.edu for more information.

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