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Commencement alternatives for Spring 2020 Graduates

President Neal Weaver and his wife, Kristi, recently made a very special announcement to share with the GSW family, especially Spring 2020 graduates.

"We know some of you were supposed to graduate in May, and that is such a special time for you and your family and even for us. We're really gonna miss that. So that's why we've created a Virtual Graduation Ceremony that's scheduled for May 15th. That was going to be your day and it's still going to be your day. We're excited to celebrate with you in a virtual environment. And so we'll be sending you a letter early in May that gives you instructions on how you can participate in the virtual ceremony. It will also include a very special gift available only to graduates of the Spring 2020 Class.

And even though we're doing this virtual ceremony, we still want you to come and celebrate with us in person. That's why we've created a Summer Graduation Ceremony that's scheduled for August 15th. We're going to include the summer graduates at that time as well, but I want to give a special invitation to those graduates from the Spring 2020 Class to come back to campus, put on your cap and gown, and walk across that stage, and let us celebrate with you in person. I'd love to see you, your families, your friends, and all of us get together and make sure we recognize your great accomplishments."

Watch or read the full announcement here.

University System of Georgia announces no tuition increase for 2020-2021 academic year

The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia (USG) met Tuesday, April 14 to approve a recommendation of no tuition increase for the 2020-2021 academic year.

If approved, there will be no increase for any USG student. Students will pay the same tuition rates at all 26 USG institutions for the 2020-2021 academic year as they do now for the current 2019-2020 academic year.

“One of the University System of Georgia’s top priorities is affordability, and that has never been more important than now for our students and their families,” USG Chancellor Steve Wrigley said. “We are all trying to navigate an extraordinary time. It is more critical than ever for our institutions to provide a quality education while maintaining the affordability and accessibility that helps more Georgians attain a college degree and find success in the workforce.”

Read more here.

Spring 2020 Textbook Buyback and Rental Return

The Spring 2020 semester Textbook Buyback will be held virtually. To get started, go to and click on the 'Textbooks' dropdown tab and select 'Sell Textbooks'. Spring textbook rentals are to be returned by 3:00pm on May 20, 2020. 

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can either drop off rental returns to the Student Accounts Office in the Marshall Student Center Monday through Friday from 9:00am to 4:00pm OR you can ship rental books back to the Bookstore. 

Please send to:
Campus Bookstore
800 GSW State University Drive
Americus, GA 31709  

Shipments must reach the Campus Bookstore by May 20, 2020. GSW is not responsible for shipping and handling charges or lost/damaged/delayed shipments. You can contact the Bookstore via email at for questions.

Volunteer assistant softball coach on the front lines as full-time paramedic

One first responder’s passion for coaching has been put on hold. Nick Spanolios is a volunteer assistant coach for Georgia Southwestern State's softball team. He's also a full-time paramedic at Gold Star EMS in Sumter County.

During times of panic, he's found his years of coaching offers a unique sense of calmness among his group.

“In times of chaos at work, I kind of feel like you know if we’re losing in the seventh inning of a game I can kind of rally a team that way. Well I can kind of rally the group of workers that I work with to come together and calm down and let’s focus and let’s get through the rest of this day correctly because it’s chaos right now,” said Spanolios.

In this chaos, Spanolios told us there’s an undeniable void in life since the NCAA canceled all spring sports.

"Not having softball is the biggest struggle for me, because it was an outlet for me to escape from EMS. Because we see a lot of good and we see a lot of bad. So it was a great escape, almost a way for me to compartmentalize work from play. And I know people consider softball work, but for me, that’s my stress relief and how I get through the day,” said Spanolios.

Read more from WALB here.

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