On Saturday, May 5, Francis Marion University will award degrees to graduates of all ages, including 20-year-old Caitlin McCarthy of Conway and 70-year-old Charles Bevis of Florence, the youngest and oldest graduates of the class of May 2007.
McCarthy will graduate cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in nursing. Before enrolling at FMU, McCarthy graduated a year early from Laplata High School in Laplata, Md. After graduation, McCarthy plans to enter the Peace Corps and serve the residents of central Asia by providing public health care and health education. She also plans to attend graduate school in the future.
“Being a part of the first graduating class of FMU’s nursing program is exciting,” McCarthy said. “It’s been fun to watch the program grow, and my fellow nursing students have been like a family to me since we have all of our classes together.”
Bevis will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in modern languages, focusing on Spanish.
“I had an interest in the Spanish language and culture and thought this would be enjoyable to do,” Bevis said. “It is nice being able to attend classes and learn something new without the pressure of having to do it.”
By 1958, Bevis earned a bachelor’s degree in both history and philosophy from Saint Bernard College in Alabama, two master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina in social work and public administration in 1972 and 1976 respectively. He also earned a doctorate from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio in mental health administration in 1984.
He was director of the Pee Dee Mental Health Center for 17 years.
“It was nice to take a little break to improve my Spanish speaking ability,” Bevis said. “I enjoy being able to use it and perhaps I can be of help to people who might need an interpreter.”
The average age of McCarthy and Bevis’ classmates is 24.39 years.
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