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Wofford to hold 157th Commencement

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2011-05-16

Four to receive honorary degrees; other awards to be presented

SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Wofford College will conduct its 157th Commencement Exercises at 9:30 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, on the lawn of Main Building. During the ceremony, some 340 graduates will receive their diplomas, and Wofford will confer four 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 21, also on the lawn of Main Building.

Wofford will confer honorary degrees on:
Michael Steven Brown, an Atlanta, Ga., businessman and 1976 Wofford graduate, honorary doctor of humanities degree
Bobby Gene (B.G.) Stephens of Spartanburg, S.C., professor of chemistry emeritus and 1957 graduate of Wofford, honorary doctor of sciences degree
Ashley Tuttle, a native of Columbia, S.C., long-time prima ballerina with American Ballet Theatre, honorary doctor of humanities degree
Taj Mahal (Henry St. Claire Fredericks), composer, multi-instrumentalist and vocalist, honorary degree of humanities degree.
(For full biographies and downloadable photographs, please go to the Wofford Newsroom.)

Here is a schedule of events leading up to Commencement:

Friday, May 20 – 2 p.m.
ROTC Commissioning Ceremony
Leonard Auditorium, Main Building

Maj. Gen. Rodney O. Anderson ’79, deputy commanding general, XVII Airborne Corps and Fort Bragg, will be the guest speaker. Anderson, a native of Elloree, S.C., most recently was director of force management, Office of the Deputy Chief of Staff, G-3/5/7, Washington, D.C. His previous duties included command at the battery, battalion and brigade levels and staff assignments at the battery through Joint Staff levels.

Saturday, May 21 – 5 p.m.
Baccalaureate Service
Lawn of Main Building (Rain location: Benjamin Johnson Arena)

Sunday, May 22 – 9:30 a.m.
Commencement Exercises
Lawn of Main Building (Rain location: Benjamin Johnson Arena)

Degrees will be conferred on about 310 graduating seniors. Four 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 the Roger Milliken Science Center and the Burwell Building for graduates and their families, and faculty and staff.

Members of the Wofford College Class of 1961 will be special honored participants at Commencement activities. In addition to holding their class reunion on Saturday evening, the class members will have special seating at Saturday’s Baccalaureate Service. They also will be treated to other special social events throughout the weekend. They will process in full regalia with the 2011 graduates on Sunday morning at Commencement Exercises.