COLUMBUS, Ga. (WTVM) - Almost 1,000 students at Columbus State University will put on their caps and gowns and walk across the stage to pick up their degrees this weekend.
Faculty say they are part of the largest graduating class in the university’s 60-year history.
“This is our largest graduating class if you count all four ceremonies that we’ve had in the 60 years of Columbus State University history. It’s a great opportunity to get our graduates ready for the workforce with the help of our local partners and community. Our university has grown,” says Greg Hudgison, director of University Relations.
Records show more than 930 graduates are walking across the stage and turning their tassels in the Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies. Hudgison says not only does the historic attendance impact the university, but it contributes to the economic development and impact of the Fountain City by affecting the job market and creating opportunities for those who are now with their new degrees.
"The economic impact is our local employers, the Fortune 500 companies. They don’t have to look outside this community to find their workforce. We’re helping to create that next generation workforce with their input. Who are they looking for in the next generation? " Hudgison asks.
The spring ceremony in 2018 honored around 700 graduates. When asked if there’s a ceiling or maximum capacity for student attendance at the University, officials say they’re hoping to continue to grow and impact the community.