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Wofford College confers degrees to 265 graduates

Sunday, May 14, 2006

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College conducted its 152nd Commencement Exercises on Sunday, May 14, conferring 265 degrees, along with two honorary degrees.

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 1956 participated in the weekend’s activities, including a class reunion and participating in the processional and other events surrounding the Commencement Exercises.

Graduating senior Jeffrey Miles Cooper of Rutherfordton, N.C., was the honor graduate, recognizing him as the graduate with the highest GPA.

Dr. Charles G. (Charlie) Bass, the Dr. and Mrs. Larry Hearn McCalla Professor of chemistry, received the Roger Milliken Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Science. Dr. Anne B. Rodrick, associate professor of history, received the Philip Covington Award for Excellence in the Teaching of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Receiving honorary degrees were Russell C. King Jr., a 1956 Wofford graduate and former member and twice-chairman of the board of trustees; and the Rev. Dr. Marion Josiah Hatchett, one of the premiere liturgical scholars of the Episcopal Church of his generation and a 1947 graduate of Wofford.

Receiving the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Awards were J. Clifton (Clif) Judy Jr., a Columbia, S.C., businessman and philanthropist, and Sheldon Anthony Bates, a graduating senior biology major from Lugoff, S.C. Receiving the Mary Mildred Sullivan Awards were Lou Landrum, director of the Second Presbyterian Church Soup Kitchen, and Sarah Burgess Gowan, a graduating senior biology major from Lexington, S.C.