Coker College Celebrates 104th Spring Commencement

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Robert Wyatt, President of the College

HARTSVILLE, S.C. – May 5, 2012 – In an outdoor ceremony on the lawn of Davidson Hall this morning, Coker College President Robert Wyatt recognized 140 new graduates and conferred a Doctor of Humane Letters on this year’s commencement speaker, William E. Schmidt, deputy managing editor of the New York Times.

Addressing a crowd of about more than two thousand, Schmidt characterized the economy that graduates are entering as “a bit upside down” and encouraged listeners to demand reliable, contextualized information from their news providers.

“Relentless and dazzling technological change and innovation, coupled with the inexorable force of globalization, has remade markets and the work place and redefined our place in the natural order,” he said.

“…it is in times like these that you need people – serious institutions, real journalists – who can bear witness and add context and differentiate what is real from what is not, and, importantly, to tell our stories and the stories of others with real understanding and empathy.”

During the two-hour ceremony, several individuals received special recognition.

Assistant Professor Sociology Mal Hyman received the College’s Master Professor Award.  Each year the student body nominates deserving professors for the award and the graduating class votes on the top five nominees.  The nominees were Associate Professor of Business Administration Glenn Chappell, Assistant Professor of Mathematics Paul Dostert, Professor of Education Darlene Maxwell and Assistant Professor Business Administration Joseph Stevano.

Two seniors, Emma Nichole Hayes and Diego Polo, were recognized as first honor graduates, members of the Class of 2012 who had earned the highest academic cumulative grade point average. Both achieved a cumulative grade-point-average of 4.0.

The Alumni Cup was awarded to Joshua David Bittinger, Caroline Altmann Dixon, Ashley Nicole Hancock, Emma Nichole Hayes and Diego Polo. The Alumni Cup is awarded by the Coker College Alumni Association to the five members of the graduating class who have earned the highest academic averages for their junior and senior years.

In his concluding remarks, Wyatt offered a heartfelt observation to the students and their families.

“All here today can see plainly for themselves that we mean it when we say that at Coker College we are redefining ready,” Wyatt said.

“It is everyday work, which we too often take for granted, but students, faculty, staff and alumni at Coker College are working together to redefine service, redefine learning, and redefine leadership, and I am awed by the outcomes.

“Members of the Class of 2012, congratulations. We wish you lives filled with joy and defined by every success.”

Established in 1908, Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom.

Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

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Coker College readies undergraduates for personal and professional success through a distinctive four-year program that emphasizes a practical application of the liberal arts as well as hands-on and discussion-based learning within and beyond the classroom. Coker is ranked among the “Best Colleges” in the South by U.S. News & World Report as well as The Princeton Review. Located in Hartsville, S.C., Coker is within two hours of the cultural, financial and recreational resources of Charlotte, Columbia, Charleston and Myrtle Beach.

 

 
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