Former County Librarian Lisa Lance, of Carrabelle, has earned a master’s degree in library and information science from Valdosta State University.

Lance, who left her job last month to assume a position in Tennessee, was among more than 1,000 undergraduate and graduate students who completed the requirements for their respective degrees during the Spring 2019 semester.

"Graduation is a defining moment in every student's life," said Dr. Richard A. Carvajal, president of VSU. "We are excited to pay tribute to the outstanding efforts of our spring graduates and celebrate education as the foundation upon which success is built.

These students have had to overcome any number of challenges to reach this point in their life's journey. It is that very perseverance that protects and nurtures Blazer Nation's 100-plus-year-old tradition of academic, creative, athletic, research, and service excellence. This celebration is not an ending but the beginning of many great things to come."

Established in 1906, Valdosta State University offers extensive academic, cultural, and social opportunities of a major university and the small classes and close, personal attention of smaller institutions. It boasts more than 100 degree, certificate, and endorsement programs on campus and online for undergraduate and graduate students. It also has a full menu of extracurricular activities, from national championship athletic and academic teams to honors organizations, sororities and fraternities, intramural sports, educational and service clubs, a symphony orchestra, art and theatre, research opportunities, and more.