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Downs to receive honorary doctorate
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Conyers resident Dr. Harry Downs, the first president of Clayton State University, will be receiving an honorary doctorate from the university he helped start in 1969. Downs will be honored during the noon Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 8, in the Clayton State Athletics & Fitness Center.

Downs graduated from Conyers High School in 1942 and earned his Associate's Degree from North Georgia College in 1943, a B.S.Ed. (major in Mathematics — 1949) and a M.Ed. (major in Guidance — 1950) from the University of Georgia, and a doctorate from Michigan State University in 1962. Starting in September 1960, Downs began a 34-year tenure with the University System of Georgia. He headed Clayton State University and oversaw its transition to a four-year college from 1969 to 1994.

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