VSU holds early graduation for student battling cancer

| March 15, 2016

michael cowger

VALDOSTA – Valdosta State University held an early graduation ceremony for Michael Cowger, a student battling cancer.

Family and friends gathered at the Langdale College of Business Administration for the ceremony on Friday.

Michael Cowger suffers from Li-Fraumeni syndrome, an inherited genetic disorder that increases the chances of cancer development. In December 2014, doctors found a large, cancerous tumor in Cowger’s chest. He underwent chemotherapy, but the tratments eventually stopped working.

Cowger is undergoing experimental treatments in Houston, but his diagnosis meant he would not be able to finish his last semester at VSU.

Cowger graduated cum laude with a GPA of 3.65 and with degrees in economics and finance.

Cowger is also a Lowndes High School graduate.

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