Dec. 13, 2016

Fayetteville, NC – Fayetteville State University had 19 student-athletes complete their degree programs and graduate at the 27th Winter Commencement held Saturday, December 10th at the Crown Coliseum. There were seven student-athletes to graduate at the winter commencement last year and 24 graduates during the 2016 Spring Commencement.

This year's graduates represented five of the 10 sport programs in the department including cheerleading and were headlined by football and cheerleading with seven graduates, softball with three graduates, and women’s basketball and volleyball with one graduate apiece.

FSU Chancellor James A. Anderson presided over commencement. Anderson, in his eighth year as Chancellor, is the university’s 11th chief executive officer.

“We’re extremely proud of all the recent Fayetteville State graduates, especially our student-athletes,” said Director of Athletics Anthony Bennett. “We strive to continue producing excellence in the classrooms and in the fields of competition.”

Founded in 1867, FSU is the second-oldest public institution in North Carolina. It offers nearly 60 degrees in the arts, sciences, business, and education at the undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral levels. It serves a student body of more than 6,100 students and has a faculty and staff of approximately 800.

Here is a breakdown of the 2016 Fayetteville State winter student-athlete graduates: Amy Beckett (Women’s Volleyball) D’onna Best (Cheerleading) DeAnthony Brooks (Football) Brittany Freeman (Softball) Brittany Gadsden (Cheerleading) Whitney Griffin (Cheerleading) William Jenkins (Football) Jacora Langley (Cheerleading) Roy Lowder (Football) Rendall Mash (Football) Diani Mason (Women’s Basketball) Patrick McNeill (Football) Andre Montgomery (Football) Jessica Taylor (Cheerleading) Aaliyah Vinson (Cheerleading) Keyana Vinson (Cheerleading) Alexis Wickham (Softball) Haley Wood (Softball and Women’s Volleyball) Kion Young (Football)

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