The Index-Journal from Greenwood, South Carolina on May 4, 1997 · Page 6
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Greenwood, South Carolina
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Sunday, May 4, 1997
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6A The Index-Journal, Greenwood. S.C. Lakelands State Sunday, May 4, 1997 receive Lander University diplomas 5 9 o Bennett, Greenwood, special education, cum laude. Back, from left, Carolyn Michelle Campbell, Silverstreet, early childhood education, magna cum laude, Golden L; Mary Ann Bayer, Saluda, history, summa cum laude, Golden L; Richard Barry Cox, Greenwood, computer science, cum laude, Gold L; Henry Donald Davis Jr., Ninety Six, computer science, summa cum laude, Golden L; William Faizi McCants, Greenwood, history, summa cum lauda, Golden L and Thayer Medal; and Velma McClure English, Franklin, NX., visual arts, cum laude, Golden L. Among the more than 40 students graduating with academic distinction during Lander commencement ceremonies are these students from Greenwood and surrounding counties. Seated, from left, Sabrina Denise Deal, McCormick, nursing, summa cum laude, Golden L; Natalie Minor Parramore, Greenwood, elementary education, magna cum laude; Amy Elizabeth Scott, Saluda, physical education, Golden L; Sharon D. Ivey, Greenwood, business administration, magna cum laude, Golden L; Carrie Virginia McKesson, Abbeville, biology, magna cume laude, Golden L; and Margaret Young Dr. Glenn J. Lawhon, right, chairman of the Lander University Board of Trustees, congratulates graduate William Faizi McCants of Greenwood at Saturday's commencement exercises. McCants received Lander's top academic award, the Thayer Medal, given to the graduating senior with the highest scholastic average in a baccalaureate program pursued exclusively at Lander over a four-year period. McCants graduates summa cum laude, earning a bachelor of science in history. GREENWOOD Lander University's 245 spring graduates listened attentively as Greenwood Mayof Floyd Nicholson delivered the keynote address for the university's commencement exercises, held Saturday in the Finis Home Arena. ' In his address, Nicholson acknowledged the feeling of ' relief shared by the majority of college graduates "Well, I'm through with that, no more school for me." v But he went on to issue a good newsbad news commentary on that sentiment: "The good news is you have finished your bachelor's or master's degrees. The bad news is you are very wrong about being fin-fthed with school." ' He added that regardless of their future plans, "school is just the be-, ginning" for college graduates. "Today, we live in a world w here things are moving and changing so quickly that none of us can afford' to stand still," Nicholson said. "We have become a nation of lifelong learners, people who continue to take classes and seek training. Statistically, mQst of you will experience seven career changes in ivour lifetime. Thus, yOu' can see the , importance of learning new infor-vmation and developing new skills." Nicholson reminded the graduates that they were in the process of dosing and opening doors. , V "It's even harder to open the sJoor to the future because of the Challenge you have in your immediate future of choosing the right door jout of the hundreds that are suddenly presented to you," he said. " You have a newfound freedom, but :along with that comes the responsibility , of making your owii decisions." The mayor also encouraged the graduates to keep their minds open to new ideas and philosophies, remarking, "Think for yourself, but respect others for their independent thoughts." Following his address, Nicholson was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities. Prior to his election as mayor, Nichplson served on the Greenwood City Council for 11 years (1982-1993). He is a founding board member of the Greenwood Community Children's Center and is a subscribing life member of the NAACP. He serves on the boards of directors of the GRAD program for teen mothers, the S.C. Municipal .Association and the Piedmont 'Technical College Foundation. Nicholson is also on Wachovia Rank's advisory board. A 1972 graduate of South Carolina State College with a bachelor's degree in iology, he has been assistant principal at Northside Middle School incel988. v The top student academic award &ent to William Faizi McCants, jGreenwood, a history major, who jeceived the Thayer Medal, which js awarded on behalf of the family f Dr. Henry K. Thayer to the graduating senior achieving the highest scholastic average in a baccalaureate program pursued exclusively at (Under over a four-year period. Students receiving academic jppnors and those receiving Golden jjfc Awards, which require a grade Jppint average of 3.5 or above for jbur consecutive semesters, are listed below: Ten students earned the distinction of graduating summa cum ;3jiude, which requires a grade point ;atiq of 3.9-4.0 ( our of a possible fi.0). These students were: Mary Ynn Bayer, Saluda (Golden L); 'Stephanie Hope Bryant, Pageland Golden L); Henry Donald Davis Jr., Ninety Six (Golden L): Sabrina ANDERSON COUNTY Kellie N. Acker, Anderson, B.S. in business adminstration managementmarketing; Amy Elizabeth Ashley, Honea Path, B.S. in nursing; John Cooper Bolt, Anderson, B.S. in business administrationeconomicsfinance; Stacey Green Branyon, Honea Path, B.S. in nursing; Allison Elizabeth Bryant, Belton, B.S. in elementary education; Kevin Earle Busby, Starr, B.S. in nursing; Tiffany Haselden Butler, Iva, B.S. in early childhoodelementaryspecial education; Kaurie Lynn Daniel, Iva, B.S. in health care management; Gesile Dixon, Honea Path, B.S. in nursing, second degree; Amy Leigh Elgin, Anderson, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Hilary Ruth Hallman, Anderson, B.S. in sociologycriminal justice; Shaneka Monyet Johnson, Anderson, B.S. in early childhood education; Jason Andrew Lizotte, See LANDER, page 7 A business adminstration management marketing; and Christa Leigh Williamston, Hodg'es, B.S. in chemistry. ABBEVILLE COUNTY Beverly Glehise Elmore, Calhoun Falls, B.S. in psychology; Diana Lewis, Calhoun Falls, B.S. in elementary education; Andy Marvin Martin, Calhoun Falls, B.S. in nursing;, Carrie Virginia McKesson, Abbeville, B.S. in biology; Patricia Marie McNeil, Abbeville, B.S. in nursing, second degree; Leigh Erin Pruitt, Abbeville, B.S. in visual arts; Deborah Gail Sanders, Abbeville, B.S. in elementary education; Regina Nicol Sanders, Calhoun Falls, B.S in nursing; and Angela Renee Simmons, Donalds, B.S. in elementary education, second degree. AIKEN COUNTY Teresa Denine Gaines, Aiken, B.S. in psychologycounseling;' Rodney Lee Grantham, Aiken, B.A. in Spanish; and Laura Heather Lepp, Aiken, B.S. in psychologycounseling. liijstjaii l).:' Golden L Awards also went to Rebecca Ruth Brown, West Columbia; Taunja Marie Chappell, Simpsonville; and Amy Elizabeth Scott, Saluda. Degrees conferred by Lander include bachelor of arts (B.A,), bachelor of music education (B.M.Ed.), bachelor of science (B.S.), and master of education (M.Ed.) in elementary education. A list of graduates follows: CITY OF GREENWOOD Merry Elizabeth Bagwell, Greenwood, B.S. in political science; Allison Leigh Bearden, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; Margaret Young Bennett, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; Margaret Young Bennett, Greenwood, B.S. in special education; Amee Elaine Bowen, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationeconomicsfinance; Michael David Byrd Jr., Greenwood, B.S. in history; Anna Clark, Greenwood, B.S. in early childhood education; David Alexander Clayton, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Richard Barry Cox, Greenwood, B.S. in computer scienceengineering; Nancy Ann Davidson, Greenwood, B.S. in sociology; Cynthia J. Dysart, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Paul Andrew Gulledge, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing, second degree; Kenneth Franklin Hall, Greenwood, B.S. in early childhoodelementaryspecial education, second degree; Amy Marie Haynes, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmarketing; Emily Lorraine Haynes, Greenwood, B.S. in sociology; Lynda Annette Holloway, Greenwood, B.S. in biology; Sharon Ivey, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmarketing; Ashley Abbott Johnson, Greenwood, B.S. in sociology; Zandra Orlena Johnson, Greenwood, B.S, in sociologycriminal justice; Joanne Vivian Kerhoulas, Greenwood, B.A. in visual arts; Karen Elizabeth Klauber, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing, second degree; Melissa Anne Manley, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; Carin Elizabeth Marut, Greenwood, B.S. in sociologycriminal justice; William . Faizi McCants, Greenwood, B.S. in history; Elizabeth Ann McCune, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmar keting; Jason Heath Miller, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmarketing; Gregory Stewart Miner, Greenwood, B.S. in business adminstra-tionmanagementmarketing; Keith Lee Moore, Greenwood, B.S. in chemistryengineering; Diane P. Murphy, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Ryan Michael Murray, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; James Warded Nelson, Greenwood, B.S. in business administration managementmarketing; John Cenarosa Paguntalan, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; second degree; Natalie Jo Parramore, Greenwood, B.S. in elementary education, second degree; Preston James Poore, Greenwood, B.S. in business administration; Robert Lee Rooney, Greenwood, B.S. in history; Kathy Caroline Santandreu, Greenwood, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmarketing; M. Lavetta Seymore, Greenwood, B.S. in psychologycounseling; Sheila Dianne Still, Greenwood, B.S. in health care management; Nancy Ann Stone, Greenwood, B.S. in nursing; Mary Ann Timmerman, Greenwood, B.S. in psychology; April Susanne Tinsley, Greenwood, B.S: in early childhood education; Collin John Tobin, Greenwood, B.A. in English; Curtis Wendall Tolbert, Greenwood, B.S. In business adminstra-tion; Eleni Tsikalakis, Greenwood, B.A. in English; James Daniel Wightman, Greenwood, B.S. in history; and Nancy Felicia Yockel, Greenwood, B.S. in psychology, second degree. GREENWOOD COUNTY Bonnie Kay Cheshire, Ware Shoals, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Bridgette Dianne Davenport, Ninety Six, B.S. in early childhoodelementaryspecial education; Garner James Davis, Ninety Six, B.S. in chemistry; Henry Donald Davis Jr., Ninety Six, B.S. in computer science and mathematics; Jennifer Chapman Davis, Ware Shoals, B.S. in elementary education; James William Hellams, Ware Shoals, B.S. in business administration; Jeffery Craig Langley, Hodges, B.S. in business administrationaccounting; Tresla Anderson Lewis, Hodges, B.S. in elementary education, second degree; Curtis Davis Martin, Ninety Six, B.S. in chemistry; Christopher Michael Satterfield, Hodges, B.S in business administrationmanagementmarketing; Judy 0. Vail, Ninety Six, B.S. in business administrationmanagementmarketing; Adriann Laticia Williams, Hodges, B.S. in Denise Deale, McCormick (Golden L); Tammy D. Hendrix, Newberry (Golden L); Timothy Bryant May, Clinton (Golden L); William Faizi McCants, Greenwood (Golden L); Anders B. Nilsson, Sweden (Golden L); Kimberly Lynn Parker, Chesapeake; and Ronald Walter Przybyla, Belton. Magna cum laude graduates, earning a grade point ratio of 3.75-3.89, were: Ricardo Olavo O. Almeia, San Paul (Golden L); Carolyn Michele Campbell, Silverstreet; Tara Rajean Dunbar, Leesville (Golden L); Kristy C. Gittens, Barbados (Golden L); Sharon D. Ivey, Greenwood (Golden L); Carrie Virginia McKesson, Abbeville (Golden L); Troy Robert Nash, Fort Mill (Golden L); Leigh Rebecca Painter, Chesnee (Golden L); Natalie Minor Parramore, Greenwood; Maurice Nicholas Szpydowski, Germany (Golden L); Luana D. Thoiriason, Honea Path (Golden L); and Janne Markus Vilhunen, Finland (Golden L). Graduating cum laude, which requires a grade point average of 3.5-3.7, were: Margaret Young Bennett, Greenwood; Angela Bess Bergstrom, Nashville, Tenn.; Stacey Green Branyon, Honea Path (Golden L); Charity Lynn Burnett, Pickens (Golden L); Autumn Elizabeth Butler, Goose Creek; Bonnie Kay Cheshire, Ware Shoals (Golden L); Richard Barry Cox, Greenwood (Golden L); Cynthia Wynetta Edge, Gray Court (Golden L); Velma McClure English, Franklin, N.C. 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