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Dr. Andy Sheppard (left), Thomas University President, presents the President’s Award – the highest honor given to a TU student – to Feliciano Francisco Gonzalez, a Social Work major from Cairo, during TU's annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 4, at the Biscuit Company in Thomasville.


Outstanding students recognized at annual Honors Reception

Feliciano Francisco Gonzalez, a Social Work major from Cairo, received the President’s Award, Thomas University’s highest student honor, during TU’s annual Honors Reception held Friday afternoon, May 4, at the Biscuit Company in Thomasville.

Francisco Gonzalez was one of 406 students who graduated from TU on Saturday, May 5, in a ceremony in front of Smith-Bonvillian Hall on TU’s Forbes Campus.

Francisco Gonzalez, who is legally blind, graduated from Cairo High School in 2007. For eight years he worked as a sales associate in the paint department at the Cairo Walmart before deciding to earn a college degree. Gonzalez went to other schools before deciding to purse a Bachelor of Social Work Degree in January 2017.

At TU Francisco Gonzalez excelled in his classes earning accolades from his professors and classmates. During his field placement at Bishop Hall High School, Francisco Gonzalez worked with staff to establish the first Latino support group at the school. He also saw the need at the school for students with disabilities to plan for their future vocations. Francisco Gonzalez initiated contact with the Georgia Vocational Rehabilitation Agency and linked them with Bishop Hall’s special education instructor, which resulted in an ongoing relationship of resources and support through GVRA’s presence at the school.

Also during the Honors Reception, the Peacemaker Award was presented to Powella Ebosa, a graduate Education student from Legos, Nigeria. He was nominated for this award based on his contributions “to furthering world peace.” Ebosa graduated on Saturday with a Master of Science in Early Childhood Education Degree with plans to work with children who have autism.

In Ebosa’s honor, a brick commemorating the award will be placed in the Peacemaker Circle next to Balfour Chapel joining bricks honoring previous Peacemaker Award recipients.

Academic divisions also presented awards to outstanding undergraduate and graduate students.

Undergraduate division award recipients included:

  • Science – Tanner Elsbernd of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Counseling and Psychology – Penny Gaskins of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Business Administration – Linnea Roivas of Norrkoping, Sweden
  • Criminal Justice – Blake Summers of Palatka, Florida
  • Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies – Princeton Henderson of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Nursing – Rebecca Kelly Krech of Thomasville, Georgia
  • Education – Sarah Lego of Yuba City, California
  • Social Work – Melissa R. Gregerson of Terre Haute, Indiana

Graduate division award recipients included:

  • Master of Business Administration – Thomas Borjas of East Longmeadow, Massachusetts
  • Master of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling and Clinical Rehabilitation Counseling – Debra Benson of Tallahassee, Florida
  • Education Specialist – Randy Nelson Sellars of Tifton, Georgia
  • Master of Science in Nursing – Michelle T. Tyus of Northville, Michigan


Thomas University honored its outstanding graduating students during the annual Honors Reception held Friday, May 4, at the Biscuit Company in Thomasville. Recipients included (front row from left) Linnea Roivas, Melissa R. Gregerson, Rebecca Krech, Penny Gaskins, Sarah Lego, (back row) Feliciano Francisco Gonzalez; Randy Nelson Sellars, Tanner Elsbernd, Powella Ebosa and Princeton Henderson.


Kurt Stringfellow (left), TU Director of Development, presents to Peacemaker Award to Powella Ebosa, a graduate Education major from Leggos, Nigeria.

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