Columbus State University’s spring 2022 graduates: by the numbers

May 10, 2022

CSU clocktower

Eight graduation-related events from May 12 through 14 will celebrate the 941 Columbus State University students who comprise the university’s spring 2022 graduates.

Five separate ceremonies on Friday, May 13 and Saturday, May 14 will mark the university’s 123 commencement exercises. During these ceremonies, Columbus State anticipates conferring 10 doctoral degrees, 23 education specialist degrees, 243 master’s degrees, 610 bachelor’s degrees, 18 associate degrees, four nexus degrees, and 33 certificates. These and related ceremonies include:

Thursday, May 12

  • 6 pm, Graduate Hooding Ceremony, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus

Friday, May 13

  • 9 am, Nursing Pinning Ceremony, University Hall Auditorium, Main Campus
  • 10:30 am, ROTC Commissioning Ceremony, National Infantry Museum, 1775 Legacy Way, Columbus
  • 2 pm Friday, College of Education and Health Professions’ health professions degrees, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus
  • 5 pm Friday, College of Education and Health Professions’ education degrees, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus

Saturday, May 14

  • 10 am Saturday, College of the Arts, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus
  • 1 pm Saturday, D. Abbott Turner College of Business, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus
  • 4 pm Saturday, College of Letters and Sciences, Frank G. Lumpkin Jr. Center, Main Campus

The College of Letters and Sciences ceremony will include the university’s first public safety nexus program graduate. The College of the Arts ceremony will mark the first for Dr. Wanda Ebright, who was announced in December 2021 as the college’s new dean. This spring’s ceremonies will also mark the last for President Chris Markwood and Provost and Executive Vice President Deborah Bordelon.

Including the spring semester, Columbus State will have awarded 1,855 degrees and certificates during the 2021-22 academic year—an 8% increase over the 2020-21 academic year.

In addition, those attending are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the rules and regulations of the Lumpkin Center, including the university’s clear-bag policy. The university requests that guests refrain from bringing items such as balloons, confetti, posters or signs, and noisemakers inside the facility.

Free parking for the ceremonies is available throughout Main Campus, with limited accessible parking located in the parking deck next to the Lumpkin Center. Shuttles will also be moving through campus to assist any guests with limited mobility.

Additional information for graduates and guests attending these events is online at columbusstate.edu/graduation, where links to the live streams of the May 13 and 14 commencement ceremonies will also be available.

Additional Graduation Facts and Figures

Academic honors: Honor status is bestowed on baccalaureate degree earners based on their final grade point average. Among this spring’s graduates, 77 will graduate summa cum laude with GPAs ranging between 3.8 and 4.0; 71 as magna cum laude with GPAs between 3.6 and 3.79; and 64 as cum laude with GPAs ranging between 3.4 and 3.59. In addition, two of associate degree graduates will graduate with high honors for having GPAs ranging between 3.8 and 4.0, and five with honors for having GPAs between 3.5 and 3.79.

College distribution: Of the 941 spring graduates, 134 represent the College of the Arts; 191, the Turner College of Business; 337, the College of Education and Health Professions; 278, the College of Letters and Sciences; and one, the Center for International Education.

Voluntary program participation: This spring’s graduates include 23 students who participated in the Honors College curriculum, nine who participated in the William B. Turner Center for Servant Leadership program, and 13 who are being commissioned as second lieutenants through Army ROTC.

Top academic disciplines: The top five academic disciplines—in order of a total number of degrees and certificates awarded—are nursing, criminal justice, health science, family nurse practitioner, and elementary education.

Geographic representation: More than 82% of the spring class hails from Georgia. After Muscogee County, which represents 31% of the entire spring class, Georgia counties with the greatest number of graduates are, in order of total graduates, Harris, Gwinnett, Fulton, Cobb and Fayette counties. In addition to Georgia, these spring’s graduates represent 21 different states, with Alabama, Florida and North Carolina topping the list in order of number of total graduates.

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