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Smalls is 8,000th student at GGC

LAWRENCEVILLE -- A 2011 high school graduate from Savannah is Georgia Gwinnett College's 8,000th student, a number officials call a milestone in the learning institution's growth.

Tyquan Smalls of Savannah is seeking an information technology degree from the college, so that he can one day design computers, televisions and other visual technologies.

He joins an explosion of 3,600 other new students at the college during fall semester.

Smalls recently moved into the newly-built GGC student residence halls. "I'm looking forward to learning and having fun," he said.

To help students like Smalls get used to college life, the office of student affairs held its annual Grizzly Days week, named for the college mascot. It was a week of informational activities that encouraged students to get involved.

Smalls said he's looking forward to learning about school-related activities. "I'm excited to find out what is available," he said. His family also is excited for him.

Said Grandmother Mary Smalls: "We are all so extremely proud of Tyquan. He has always been an exceptional student and we know he will continue to excel."