Lance Ashley Davis (left) of Tallahassee received the President’s Award during Thomas University’s annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 2, in Thomasville. Each year the President’s Award, TU’s most prestigious, is given to the most outstanding student. Davis graduated May 2 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education. Presenting the award is Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President.
Thomas University honors outstanding graduates at annual reception
Lance Ashley Davis, a Thomas University student from Tallahassee, received the President’s Award, TU’s highest honor presented to a graduating student, during the annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 2, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville.
Davis, who graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Grades Education on May 3, originally followed in the footsteps of his father and grandfather by entering a career in electronics and electricity. He earned a degree in Industrial Electronics from Bainbridge College in the late 1990s and eventually transitioned to Electrical Contracting and HVAC Maintenance during the 2000s. Davis went on to obtain an Electrical Contractor License and own a business.
Even though he found success with his own business, Davis realized that he always had a passion for teaching, so he returned to college. He graduated with an associate degree from Bainbridge State College in 2011 and then transferred to Thomas University. Over the past three years, Davis worked a full-time job, was a full-time student, supported his wife through medical school, and experienced the birth of a son.
Davis received high praise from his professors for his efforts in teaching mathematics to middle grades students.
“Lance Davis is one of the most promising young educators I have seen in a long time,” said Dr. Dale Graham, Principal of the Scholars Academy and one of Davis’ professors. “His passion and talent are evident whether he is in the classroom as a student or a teacher.”
As a TU student, Davis also served as a member and president of the TU Honor Council and a member of the Phi Kappa Chapter of Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. Davis is already furthering his education as a graduate student at TU and hopes to pursue a doctoral degree in education.
In addition to receiving the President’s Award at the Honors Reception, Davis also received the departmental award for Outstanding Student in the Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education.
Other students recognized for outstanding success with department awards include:
- Associate of Science in Law Enforcement: Mark Moll of Jackson, Ga.
- Bachelor of Arts in Humanities – English: Daniel Todd Spear of Thomasville, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies: Steven Conway of Thomasville, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Biology: Lindsay Tompkins Carr of Leesburg, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Accounting: Carina Spengler of Boeblingen, Germany
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Management: Andreas Hoffer of Ingolstadt, Germany
- Bachelor of Science in Business Administration – Marketing: Josh Bruijn of Tallahassee, Fla.
- Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice: Brian Keith Hodges of Sharpsburg, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education: Kelli Dyan Dorminey of Thomasville, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Science: Christopher Michael DeMoro of Valdosta, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Middle Grades Education: Lance Ashley Davis of Tallahassee, Fla.
- Bachelor of Science in Nursing: Dori G. Griffin of Whigham, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Psychology: Anna Layne Gass of Thomasville, Ga.
- Bachelor of Science in Social Sciences: Kyran DeLorenzo Wright of Jacksonville, Fla.
- Bachelor of Social Work: Kathryn A. Jones of Pelham, Ga.
- Master of Business Administration: Robin Suzanne Crowder of Thomasville, Ga.
- Master of Science in Community Counseling: Shelley Dacey of Marietta, Ga.
- Master of Education: Marval Renae Moore of Pelham, Ga.
- Master of Science in Nursing: Lark Athalena Benton of Ochlocknee, Ga.
- Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling: David Barnett of Thomasville, Ga.
Thomas University honored its outstanding graduates during the annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 2, at the Best Western Rose City Conference Center in Thomasville. During the reception, students graduating with honors were recognized and department awards were presented. Participating in the reception are (front row from left) Dr. Gary Bonvillian, TU President; Dori G. Griffin; Lark Athalena Benton; Kelli Dyan Dorminey; Carina Spengler; Lindsay Tompkins Carr; Dr. Ann Landis, Executive Vice President and Provost; (back row) Lance Ashley Davis; Steven Conway; Daniel Todd Spear; Kyran DeLorenzo Wright; Anna Layne Gass; David Barnett; Brian Keith Hodges; and Mark Moll. Recipients not pictured include Andreas Hoffer, Josh Bruijn, Christopher Michael DeMoro, Kathryn A. Jones, Robin Suzanne Crowder, Shelley Dacey and Marval Renae Moore.