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Thomas University gets national recognition

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THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - The school has the third highest graduation rate in the nation compared to other colleges and universities in its peer group.

Moansenee Lewis is a proud graduate of Thomas university, class of 2006. Since then, she's switched roles,from behind the desk,to the head of the classroom at Harper Elementary school.

Gearing up for her third year,her love for kids and teaching continues to grow.

But Miss Lewis says her inspiration to become a teacher started right here on this campus. She says Thomas university is unique because of it's professors. "They get you ready. They don't baby you, but you know they care."

It's that compassion that led Thomas University to national recognition. A recent study found that Thomas University ranks third nationwide among other colleges and universities its size. 70% of its students graduate.

"And the national average is 35%. We double that," said Dr. Ann Landis, TU Vice President Academic Affairs. 

Last month, Thomas University proved its success,graduating its largest class in the school's history.

And they anticipate the numbers to grow. "People know education matters. Sometimes ticket to economic security. We are focused on helping meet professional goals," said Landis.

"That's the key to education. When people know you care they'll rise to your expectations and that's what students at TU do," said Lewis.

So the school's recent recognition doesn't surprise her. "I'm surprised it's just third. I'd imagine it would be higher!" Maybe one day it will be.

In Georgia Thomas University ranked in the top five for graduation rates among all colleges, surpassed only by Emory, Georgia Tech,  Spelman,  and UGA.

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