SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College graduating senior Lauren Bayne of Simpsonville, S.C., was recognized as the honor graduate during the 153rd Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 20, where the college conferred 270 degrees, along with two honorary degrees.
The honor graduate is the graduating senior with the highest GPA.
Bayne recently received the Charles F. Nesbitt Award, the departmental award for religion, and the Currie B. Spivey Award for volunteerism. A psychology and religion major, she is the director of the Micah 6 service project and member of Phi Beta Kappa, Wesley Fellowship, Psychology Kingdom and Kappa Alpha Theta social sorority. She is the daughter of Tommy and Jean Bayne of Simpsonville.
During Commencement, the college also presented the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards to two students and two non-students, 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 were presented to faculty members.
Commencement activities took place throughout the weekend, including the Southern Guards Battalion ROTC Commissioning Ceremony and the Baccalaureate Service on Saturday.
Members of the Class of 1957 participated in the weekend’s activities, including a class reunion and participating in the processional and other events surrounding the Commencement Exercises.
These other awards and recognitions were made:
Dr. Angela Shiflet, chair and Dr. and Mr. Larry Hearn McCalla Professor of computer science and chair of the department, received the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science.
Dr. Deno Trakas, professor of English and coordinator of the Creative Writing Program, received the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences.
Receiving honorary degrees were U.S. District Court Judge Matthew James Perry Jr. and alumnus Dr. Allen H. Stokes Jr., retired director of the Caroliniana Library at the University of South Carolina.
Receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were Henry Patterson (Pat) Worrell, Class of 1964, of Marion, S.C., and Brian Lanning Fast of Union, S.C.
Receiving the Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards were Toccoa Wise Switzer of Union, S.C., and Katherine Elizabeth (Katie) Ruthsatz of Anderson, S.C.
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