Charleston Southern celebrates commencement May 4
Charleston Southern University conferred 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees Saturday, May 4 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Two degree programs graduated their first classes: bachelor of arts in graphic design and bachelor of science in organizational management.
J. Frank Bullard III, coastal regional president for BB&T, was the guest speaker. Bullard is a member of Charleston Southern's board of trustees and board of visitors. Bullard believes mentoring young people and surrounding himself with positive-thinking high achievers are some of the most important things a successful person can do. “If you want to be a high achiever, surround yourself with successful people who have a positive attitude and passion for what they do,” he said.
“As you reach the final moments of your time at CSU, it will be important for you to stay grounded in your values. Honesty is a fundamental value. Integrity requires you to act consistent with your values. Collectively, honest and integrity will define your character,” said Bullard. “Each of you have received a good education. Nobody can ever take that away from you. Looking back many years from now, you will see this day as one of your greatest accomplishments,” he said.
Susan Ramsey Johnson, a 1970 Charleston Southern graduate, received the Distinguished Service Award. She has been chairman of the CSU Women's Council and provided leadership for the development of the Shopping for Scholars Auction and the Gilmore Garden Project. The auction recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and to date has raised $218,243.65 for scholarships. Johnson is the retired director of Charleston County School District's Teacher Center with Charleston County School District.
Student awards were:
• Myrtle E. Hamrick Award: Faith Henderson Nix (Early Childhood Education major from Goose Creek)
• John A. Barry Scholar Award: Jordan Katie Stauffer (double major in History and Communication, from Charleston)
• The Hunter Cup: Amanda Rae D'Ostroph (Biology major, member of the Women's Golf team, from Whispering Pines, N.C.)
• Carolyn Killen Hunter Outstanding Christian Teacher Endowed Scholarship & Award: Anna Margaret Rivers (rising senior, Early Childhood Education major from Richlands, N.C.)