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Recognizing Academic Exploration & Our Community of Learners

The James W. Lemke Celebration of Academics is an annual, campus-wide tradition recognizing Coker's unique academic environment.

The three-day event celebrates the myriad forms of academic exploration, both inside and outside of the classroom, that define a Coker education. In 2014, the Celebration was named in memory of James W. Lemke, former professor of political science and philosophy and a member of Coker's faculty for nearly 40 years. Lemke was instrumental in the planning and success of the first-ever Celebration of Academics in 2010—and a strong supporter of the belief that at Coker, learning happens everywhere.

Want to keep your Celebration of Academics schedule in your pocket? Download our event app!

  1. Download EventsXD in the app store for your iOS, Android, or Windows Device
  2. Search for "Coker College" from the in-app search function.
  3. Enjoy the celebration! 
2017  |  Schedule of Events
Monday, April 10
Event Time Venue

Community Service Digital Display

11:00 AM - 6:00 PM


Digital Display Runs Monday - Wednesday

Susan Coker Watson and Sparrow Scholarship Presentations

3:00 PM -5:00 PM

Library, Daniels Boardroom

Education Graduate Student Presentations

5:30 - 6:45 PM

Davidson Hall | Rooms 109 & 110

Performing Arts Showcase
Department of Dance, Music & Theatre

7:30 - 8:30 PM

Watson Theater

Tuesday, April 11
Event Time Venue
Student Research Symposium: Oral Presentations from Students

1:00 - 5:00 PM

Library | Daniels Board Room 

Honors Convocation

7:30 - 8:30 PM

Watson Theater

Wednesday, April 12
Event Time Venue

Faculty-Student Presentations
& Faculty Presentations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM / 3:00 PM - 4:30 PM

Davidson Hall | First Floor

Panel Discussion |
Creating Connections: Alumni & their Coker Mentors

2:00 - 3:15 PM

Davidson Hall | Auditorium