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Blazers players get diplomas in special ceremony

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December 11, 2007

Valdosta - Valdosta State seniors Zach Parker and Clay Callaway were two of the heroes in the Blazers national semifinal win Saturday at California University in Pennsylvania.

While these two receivers were both catching touchdown passes in the Pennsylvania snow on Saturday, they missed their graduation ceremony back in Valdosta.

Valdosta State president Ronald Zaccari holding a special graduation ceremony in the rotunda of West Hall.

That is where Clay Callaway got his degree in finance and Zach Parker got his diploma with his degree in public relations.

Both players were honored by the special ceremony.

Clay Callaway said "It is something special. I really appreciate Dr. Zaccari, Mr. (Herb) Reinhard (athletic director) and coach Dean for allowing us to have the ceremony. It is something I always will remember and it could not have come at a better time."

Zach Parker said "It is definitely exciting to play in a football game when you are supposed to graduate. But at the same time your work 4 1/2 years to accomplish a goal that you have had all of your life."

Ronald Zaccari said "The e-mails that have come in about the team when they travels on how they represent VSU and how they represent VSU athletics. This is truly an exceptional, fine football team. David Dean and his coaching staff have done a fine job for us."

VSU student assistant coach Tyler Aurandt, who was four year letterman on the Blazers team, and Zach Parker's wife Emily also received their diplomas.

Emily Parker graduated Summa Cum Laude.

The VSU football team leaves for Florence, Alabama Wednesday afternoon for Saturday's Division II national championship game Saturday afternoon against Northwest Missouri State.

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