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


“This commencement marks the beginning of a new journey; you’re stepping out into a different world. You sit here transformed from the person you were at the start of your studies. You have a future as critical thinkers, pastors, missionaries, entrepreneurs, lifelong learners and contributing members of a local and global society,” said, Beverly S. Patnaik, a 1968 Southern Wesleyan alumna who is academic director of the School of TransformAging at Lipscomb University.


Patnaik urged graduates to think of three people who helped make it possible for them to earn their degree and to write them a note telling about a specific thing they did to “make this day possible.” She then asked them to think of three additional people who helped them to get to where they are, and to email and call them.


“They probably don’t know the impact they’ve had on your life,” Patnaik said. “Who is your role model? What about them do you want to emulate?”


“Our goal at Southern Wesleyan is to select one of a myriad of successful alumni as our commencement speaker who can serve as a role model and example for our new graduates walking across the stage,” said University President Todd Voss. “This year’s speaker satisfies those expectations with ease. With a lifetime of innovation and research serving our aging population, Beverly Patnaik is a prime example of how our SWU alumni are making a significant difference in the world.”


During the ceremony, Voss presented Patnaik with the honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters.


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.


The spring 2014 graduates included:


Anderson: Kim Bannister, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science; Savannah Carpenter, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Dani Gonzalez, Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Tyler Lollis, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Mekia Patterson, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Karen Penley, Master of Business Administration; Tammy Wicker, Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Maggie Young, Master of Education in Classroom Leadership.


Central: Raul Canelos, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Janice Chuba, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science; Jackie Guiry, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science; Laura Nash, Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Claudio Sanches, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Morgan Smith, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Brooke Sorgenfrei, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Aubree St. James, Master of Education in Classroom Leadership; Curtis Todd, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science; Jordan Trotter, Bachelor of Science in Environmental Studies; Melisa Tucker, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.


Clemson: Mary Cate Garrett, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Hayley Hoover, Bachelor of Science in Special Education; Caroline Martin, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education; Rebecca Nightingale, Bachelor of Science in Human Services.


Easley: Tammie Alexander, Master of Education in Classroom Leadership; Ken Anderson, Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Troy Baughey, Bachelor of Science in Business Management; Daniel Chappell, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Dana Cooper, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Timothy Hayduk, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science; Connie Jones, Associate of Arts in General Studies; Leigh Kennemore, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Katie Lawton, Master of Education; Jacob Leslie, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education; Keonna Palmer, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Heather Roper, Master of Education in Classroom Leadership; Kelsey Scranton, Bachelor of Science in Biology; Scott Wood, Bachelor of Science in Business Management.


Liberty: Rachel Edens, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Jen Trammell, Bachelor of Science in Special Education.


Pickens: Brandon Bryant, Associate of Arts in General Studies; Kathy Mansell, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Joshua Thatcher, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Drew Welch, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Stephen Wyatt, Bachelor of Science in Physical Education.


Six Mile: Pam Abercrombie, Master of Business Administration.


Sunset: Heather Crisp, Associate of Arts in General Studies.


 
 
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