• Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SWU awards degrees

Southern Wesleyan University awarded 278 graduates with degrees during two commencement ceremonies on its campus in Central.

Rome Prince of Georgetown was among those receiving degrees.

Students graduating from the university’s traditional program participated in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Friday, May 9. Students graduating from the university’s adult evening programs from all locations traveled to Central for a Saturday afternoon ceremony May 10. Both graduation ceremonies were held in Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center on the Southern Wesleyan University campus in Central.

CCU honors graduates

Coastal Carolina University’s spring commencement ceremony was held at Brooks Stadium on May 10 with some 1,081 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees. U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the commencement speaker, urged the Class of 2014 to embrace the responsibility their education has given them, to pursue the truth, and to cultivate a sense of historical awareness and civic duty.

Seven students received the President’s Award for Academic Achievement, which recognizes students with the highest cumulative grade point averages. They all had perfect 4.0 grade point averages, graduating summa cum laude. Richard D. Floyd Jr. of Murrells Inlet was among those receiving this recognition.

Local students receiving degrees:

Murrells Inlet:Faizaan Ahmed, Eric Baxley, Cecile Caulk, Megan Chestnut, Cissley Crawford, Erica Daugherty, Jaclyn DeBalfo, Sabrina Deeley, Krista Dickerson, Seyward Jeter, Misty Justice, Anastasia Karos, Philip Mero, Stephanie O’Brien, Christen Oden, Mary Phillips, Terrance Piette, Blake Player, Brandon Reilly, Winter Rogers, Tyler Spahr, Michael Talaska, Ina Troutman, Elizabeth Vassallo, Georgetta Venette and Kendra Volpe.

Pawleys Island: Jonathan Autuori, Garry Bowen, Brittany Charles, Corina Cudebec, Lee Franks, William Goggans, Laurent Kuenzle, Zachary Lorber-Termaat, Meredith Monroe, Stacy Ownbey, Robert Thomas, Terra Thompson, Courtney Turner and Maria Yeremin.

Andrews: Katneshia Boyd, James Poston and Shelley Powers.

Garden City: Derrick Bracey and Stephen Craig.

Hemingway: Eva Burrows, Ethan Cribb, Brittany Gamble, Anthony Poston and Victoria Squires.

Georgetown: Margaret Ethridge, Jessica Hewitt, Iricia Holmes, Carla Jayroe, Herman Kouamou, Angela Leugers, Madison McCoy and Angela Woods.

Lander confers degrees

Lander University conferred degrees upon 364 graduates at the university’s spring commencement ceremonies in May. U.S. Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) delivered the keynote address to a full house at Lander’s Horne Arena.

Among those graduating with summa cum laude honors, which requires a grade point average of 3.9-4.0 (out of a possible 4.0), was Ossie J. Buckner, of Pawleys Island.

Lander’s Golden L award is given to students who have earned a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 in the last 60 hours of instruction through Lander University. Local students graduating with the Lolden L award were Gabrielle Gaillard Gregorie, of McClellanville and Melanie Shatise McCrea, of Andrews.

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