Georgia Southern University

Georgia Southern Eagles to Receive Diplomas in Special Graduation Ceremony

eagleheadGeorgia Southern University will hold a special graduation ceremony Thursday, Dec. 13, at 8:45 p.m. ET for nine Eagle football players and a manager who will be in Fargo, N.D., to take on the North Dakota State University Bison in the NCAA Football Championship Series semifinals.

Georgia Southern President Brooks Keel, Ph.D., will present diplomas to the 10 Eagles during a video conference to be shown live on

Due to the NCAA semifinal playoff game scheduled for Friday evening, the student athletes will be unable to attend the University’s formal graduation ceremonies at Hanner Fieldhouse in Statesboro. The Eagles who will receive their diplomas during the special commencement ceremony are Blake DeBartola, Russell DeMasi, Markus Farmer, Brandon Lane, Zach Reckers, Brent Russell, John Stevenson, Tyler Sumner, Zach York and manager Nate Baker.

The football game will be televised nationally on ESPN2 Friday at 8 p.m.

Georgia Southern University, a Carnegie Doctoral/Research University founded in 1906, offers more than 120 degree programs serving more than 20,500 students. Through eight colleges, the University offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs built on more than a century of academic achievement.  In 2011, the University was named one of the Top 10 most popular universities in the country by U.S. News & World Report and is a top choice of Georgia’s HOPE scholars.  Georgia Southern is recognized for its student-centered approach to education. Visit:

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