Outstanding students honored at CGC commencement
At The Citadel Graduate College commencement exercises on May 4 in McAlister Field House, more than 330 degrees were conferred and awards were presented. State Superintendent of Education Mick Zais delivered the commencement address and was presented an honorary doctorate of public education.
“Commencement is a very special time for graduates and their families,” said Citadel President Lt. Gen. John W. Rosa. “Students have pursued advanced degrees while juggling the demands of family and career. They are to be commended for their commitment to furthering their education and preparing themselves for leadership roles in the community. They make us proud.”
The Citadel Graduate College began offering graduate degrees in education in 1968. Sixteen people were in the first graduating class in 1970. Today its offerings include 27 graduate degree programs, four evening undergraduate degree programs and nine graduate certificates. The graduate school has more than 8,000 alumni.
During the ceremony students were honored for outstanding leadership and academic achievements.
• Whitney Anne Malone, a Fort Dorchester High School teacher, was among the three recipients of The Hirshey Award, named for Charles Hirshey who served as head of education from 1969 to 1979. Hirshey was a pioneer in graduate education for the Lowcountry and a founding member of the graduate college.
In addition to Malone who earned a master’s degree in educational leadership, this year’s award recipients are Lindsay Bowman Hoffman who graduated with a master’s degree in counselor education, and Gregory Webster who completed a master of arts in teaching in social studies.
Malone’s excellence in teaching, modeling instruction and service to her school and her community made her an ideal candidate for the Hirshey Award. Since she began teaching in 2008 Malone has touched the lives of many students in Dorchester County. In 2009 she was selected Fort Dorchester High School Rookie Teacher of the Year. She has a proven track record of commended performance in teaching and has a dedicated passion for education and a commitment to optimizing student and school success.
Other honorees were Jennifer Meehan who received The Aline M. Mahan Award honors • Aline Mahan, the college’s first full-time female professor, who taught at The Citadel from 1974 to 1991. As a student at The Citadel, Meehan has made an impact in the lives of children through her work at Palmetto Lowcountry Behavioral Health and the Carolina Youth Development Center.
• The J. Patrick Leverett Award was presented to Ashley Gruber for her outstanding graduate work in the clinical counseling program.
• The MBA Outstanding Student of the Year award was presented to Clay Scott Gaillard. who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the MBA program.
• The MBA Professor of the Year is Timothy Keogh, an assistant professor in the School of Business Administration and an adjunct associate professor in Tulane University’s School of Medicine and Department of Health Systems Management where he directed the master of health administration program.
• This year’s recipient of the Business Evening Undergraduate Student of the Year is Michael McKanna. The award is presented to an undergraduate student who has demonstrated an exceptional record of academic achievement and principled leadership within the program.
• Lancie Affonso was voted this year’s Business Evening Undergraduate Professor by students in the program. Affonso, an enterprise technology consultant, has been teaching management information systems, international business, and entrepreneurship courses since 2009.
• Jeremy P. Williams was presented with the Charles Lindbergh Award given annually to an undergraduate evening student in civil and environmental engineering for outstanding academic achievement, service to the engineering profession and to the community.