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Beverly Hills native graduates with high honors from Adams State

ALAMOSA, CO. (June 28, 2022) – Gregory Carter made the most of his academic career while a student athlete at Adams State University, in Colorado. He graduated magna cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in communication and media studies at the 2022 spring commencement ceremony.

“Adams State gave me the support system to finish what I started and confidently reach for my dreams,” Carter said. He plans on earning a master’s in communication and media studies and eventually studying law to enter a career in entertainment law or as a civil rights attorney.

Carter was recruited to play football for Adams State. “As students it’s often stressed by our parents to make all A’s and be perfect. Professors like Dr. Bonnstetter, Dr. Hensley, and even my coaches and ASU staffers gave me the courage to embrace my failures and learn from them. Because of this I’ve learned not to focus so much on the destination, but rather enjoy the journey.”

His outgoing personality and interest in communications led to a position as general manager of the on-campus radio station, KASF. He interned as the social media content provider with the Adams State Office of Public Relations and Marketing and interned for the School of Business, running all their social media and creating content.

Off-campus, Carter appreciated the opportunity to intern at ViacomCBS with MTV and The Smithsonian Channel; and at SiriusXM on Kevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network.

He received several scholarships, including an athletic scholarship to play football. “Being a Christian athlete, I try to use my influence to be a positive, honest voice on the ASU campus. I parlayed my love of music into becoming DJ Northbound; playing music at volleyball and basketball games as well as social and recreational campus events. Learning how to use words to inspire hope is why I decided to major in English/mass communications.”

He graduated in four years with little debt. Carter was a student athlete, a student senator for the Associated Student and Faculty Association; a member of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes; and served on the Communications Board.

“Learning how to use words and be a great communicator was my challenge as a freshman. I was shy and far from home. As I continued in school, I learned that words in great literature can uplift people to overcome personal obstacles by connecting us, no matter what age, race, religion, or culture difference. As I look through my own personal experiences, I can truly see how hard work and perseverance, mixed with my love of football and faith, helped encourage me to become a progressive voice for positive change.”

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