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Wofford to hold 159th Commencement on May 19

 Two to receive honorary degrees; other awards to be presented


SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will conduct its 159th Commencement Exercises at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 19, on the lawn of Main Building. During the ceremony, some 370 graduates will receive their diplomas, and Wofford will confer two honorary degrees.

The college also will present the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards to two students and two non-students. The Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science and the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences also will be presented to faculty members.

Commencement activities will take place throughout the weekend, including a Baccalaureate Service at 5 p.m. Saturday, May 18, also on the lawn of Main Building.

Retiring Wofford president Dr. Benjamin B. Dunlap and W. Hayne Hipp, founder of the Liberty Fellowship, each will receive the honorary doctor of humanities degree. (Full biographies and downloadable photographs of these honorary degree recipients can be found in the Wofford Newsroom.)

(The rain location for both the Baccalaureate and Commencement will be Benjamin Johnson Arena.)

Here is a schedule of Commencement Week events:

Friday, May 17, 2 p.m.
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building
Speaker: Retired Col. James R. (Randy) Hall

The cadet speaker is University of South Carolina Upstate Cadet Jerry Blakely with guest speaker retired Col. James R. (Randy) Hall, now director of Campus Safety at Wofford. Hall graduated from Wofford in 1983 and received an MPA with an Emergency Management concentration in 2012 from Anna Maria College. Commissioned as an armor officer through the Wofford College Southern Guards Battalion program, Hall has served in a variety of armor and chemical assignments on both active and reserve duty and has commanded at the company, battalion and brigade level. He was mobilized in support of Desert Shield/Storm assigned to the XVIII Airborne Corps, where his unit was the first since the Korean War to conduct an offensive chemical mission in combat. He currently serves as the federal (Army) emergency preparedness liaison officer for the state of South Carolina.

Saturday, May 18, 5 p.m.
Baccalaureate Service
Front Lawn, Main Building

This special service for the Wofford College graduating class of 2013 will be followed by a reception on the lawn.

Sunday, May 20, 9:30 a.m.
Commencement Exercises
Front Lawn, Main Building

Degrees will be conferred on about 370 graduating seniors. Two honorary degrees will be presented, and the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science and the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences will be presented. Wofford also will present two students (male and female) and two non-students (male and female) with the prestigious Mary Mildred Sullivan and Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards. An honor graduate, the student with the highest grade point average, also will be recognized. Weather permitting, Lemonade on the Lawn will be held following Commencement on the lawn of Roger Milliken Science Center and the Burwell Building for graduates and their families and faculty and staff.

Members of the Wofford College class of 1963 will be special honored participants at Commencement activities. In addition to holding their class reunion on Saturday evening, the class members will have a special seating at Saturday’s Baccalaureate Service. They will be treated to other special social events throughout the weekend. They will process in full regalia with the 2013 graduates on Sunday morning at Commencement Exercises.