Faculty and staff lined up following Averett's Commencement April 30, congratulating the graduates as they walked by.Dr. Steve Ausband, vice president for academic affairs, addressed the more than 290 students who received degrees that day.

On April 30, almost 300 students from campuses around Virginia gathered at the Grant Center in Danville to receive their Averett diplomas.Congratulations to our newest graduates, and to their families!Meanwhile, Averett is not slowing down for the summer.Classes continue at our Adult Professional  locations and our Danville campus is abuzz with a different kind of activity.Renovation continues at our Riverview Campus in Danville's Historic Tobacco Warehouse District.In Main Hall, which celebrates its 100th birthday this year, construction is underway to build Averett Central - one convenient location for the offices of the Registrar, Student Accounts and Financial Aid.

While we hold classes around the state, Averett is dedicated to transforming southern Virginia.That's why I was so humbled at last week's Danville-Pittsylvania County Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet, where Averett received the first-ever Pinnacle Award for advancing the Danville-Pittsylvania County region with innovation, excellence and entrepreneurial leadership.What made the moment especially touching was that moments earlier the teacher of the year recipients had been announced, and more than half of those honored were Averett alumni. 

 If you have the chance, feel free to visit Averett and see what we're up to this summer.

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University Graduates 293 in April Commencement
Commencement is a defining moment for every college student. On Saturday, April 30, Averett awarded diplomas to more than 290 students at its E. Stuart James Grant Convocation and Athletic Center.Dr. Stephen C. Ausband, vice president for academic affairs, spoke to the graduates.Full Story

Tee it up at the Cougar Club Golf Tournament
Averett's Cougar Club will hold its annual Cougar Club Golf Tournament May 20 at Goodyear Golf Club.All proceeds from the event benefit the student-athletes.For more information you can view the brochure or contact Athletics Director Sam Ferguson at 434-791-5876.

Working with the Champions
Most people dream of working in or playing in "the big leagues."Most of us don't often have the chance and it remains just a dream.This summer, junior Tyler Muench will not only have the chance to play in the big leagues, he will be working with the champs. Full Story

New Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness Joins Averett
No matter where you work and what you do, there are rules and regulations to follow.Following these rules and regulations at the university level is very important, which is why a director of institutional research and effectiveness is needed.Averett is pleased to announce that is has found someone to fill this important position in Dr. Metta Alsobrook.Full Story

Concentration in Equine Assisted Psychotherapy to be Offered in the Fall
As youngsters, we often grow up with a favorite pet that we share our secrets with.We feel safe with that pet - comfortable.Because of this feeling, animals have been used in various types of therapy.Drawing on the strength of its equestrian studies program, Averett will be offering a new concentration this fall in equine assisted psychotherapy for those who are interested in working with animals in a therapy setting. Full Story

Cougars Softball Field Beautified
Thanks to donations from faculty, staff and community members Averett's softball field now has a new look.Full Story


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