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Wofford confers 270 degrees

Sunday, May 22, 2005

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College conducted its 151st Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 22, conferring some 270 degrees, along with four honorary degrees. The college also presented the prestigious Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards to two students and two non-students, and Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science and the new Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences were presented to faculty members in the sciences and the humanities.

Commencement activities took place throughout the weekend, including the Southern Guards Battalion ROTC Commissioning Ceremony and a Baccalaureate Service on Saturday.

Graduating senior Hilary Gilmore Smith of Vidalia, Ga., was the honor graduate, recognizing her as the graduate with the highest GPA. She is the daughter of Alan and Ann Layne Smith of Vidalia.

Receiving the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science was Dr. Alliston K. Reid, professor of psychology and past chairman of the department of psychology.

Receiving the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences was Dr. Nancy Mandlove, professor of Spanish and coordinator of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.

Receiving honorary degrees were:
Michael J. Copps, a 1963 graduate of Wofford and a member of the Federal Communications Commission
Dr. J. Lawrence McCleskey, the resident bishop of the Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church
Dr. Robert M. Panoff, founder and executive director of The Shodor Education Foundation Inc.
Minor Mickel Shaw, former chair of the Wofford College Board of Trustees and community leader

Receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were:
Dr. Larry T. McGehee, Wofford vice president for planning and marketing and professor of religion
Martin Allen Smith, a graduating senior biology major from Union, S.C.

Receiving the Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards were:
Jennifer Evins, Spartanburg community leader who led the $35 million fundraising campaign for the planned Spartanburg Center for Arts, Science and History
Emily Carolyn Sandifer, a graduating senior biology major from Hopkinsville, Ky.

Members of the Wofford College Class of 1955 were special honored participants at Commencement activities. In addition to holding their class reunion on Saturday evening, the class members had special seating at Saturday’s Baccalaureate Service. They also were treated to special social events throughout the afternoon and evening, and were recognized during Commencement Exercises on Sunday morning.