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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JEFFERSON CITY, MO – A new program under the Lincoln University School of Graduate Studies will provide students a faster track to licensure as a professional counselor in the state of Missouri. The Education Specialist degree in Clinical Mental Health Counseling which was approved by the Lincoln University Board of Curators during their September 2018 meeting, will move graduates toward professional licensure once they complete one year and 1,500 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling. By comparison, students who complete a master-level degree program must complete three years and 3,000 hours of post-graduate supervised counseling as a requirement to become a licensed professional counselor.

Dr. John D. Jones, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Lincoln University, says the program was developed based on a measured need. “There were surveys as well as listening sessions and group discussions with individuals who were interested and practicing professionals. A demand for the degree was indicated through those surveys,” said Jones.

According to an press release by the university, nationally, according to data collected by Mental Health America, a not for profit organization aimed at promoting mental health issues and addressing the needs of those who suffer from mental illness, 1 in 5 adults (more than 40 million individuals) have some sort of mental health condition and youth depression is on the rise. In addition, data shows a shortage in the mental health workforce, with up to six times the individuals requiring care to the available number of mental health professionals.

The program will launch in January 2019. Students must hold a master’s degree in counseling or other related field for admission into the Education Specialist in Clinical Mental Health Counseling degree program. For more information, please visit

HOLY SPRINGS, MS – Rust College’s 152nd Commencement will take place on Sunday, April 29, 2018. Prairie View A&M University’s President Dr. Ruth Simmons will deliver the keynote address.

According to a press release from the university, Dr. Ruth Simmons, an accomplished university president with administrative experience in Ivy schools, a women’s university and a historically black college, serves as President of Prairie View A&M University. Simmons was President of Brown University from 2001-2012. Under her leadership, Brown made significant strides in improving its standing as one of the world’s finest research universities.

A French professor before entering university administration, President Simmons held an appointment as a Professor of Africana Studies at Brown. After completing her Ph.D. in Romance Languages and literatures at Harvard, she served in various faculty and administrative roles at the University of Southern California, Princeton University, and Spelman College before she became president of Smith College, the largest women’s college in the United States. At Smith, she launched a number of important academic initiatives, including an engineering program, the first at an American women’s college. Simmons is the recipient of many honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship to France, the 2001 President’s Award from the United Negro College Fund, the 2002 Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, the 2004 Eleanor Roosevelt Val-Kill Medal, the Foreign Policy Association Medal, the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, and the Centennial Medal from Harvard University.

Simmons is a member of the National Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the Council on Foreign Relations, and serves on the boards of Texas Instruments, Chrysler, Mondelez and Square, as well as a number of non-profit boards. Awarded numerous honorary degrees, she received the Brown Faculty’s highest honor: the Susan Colver Rosenberger Medal in 2011. In 2012, she was named a ‘chevalier’ of the French Legion of Honor.