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FMU to award honorary degrees at commencement, Dec. 14

A South Carolina business leader, a legendary pastor and a Francis Marion University faculty pioneer will be awarded honorary degrees from Francis Marion University during fall commencement ceremonies at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Smith University Center gymnasium. 

Selected to receive honorary doctoral degrees are: Minor Mickel Shaw, president of Micco, LLC in Greenville; Dr. William P. Diggs, retired pastor of Trinity Baptist Church; and Lucy Thrower, retired FMU math professor.

Shaw will also deliver the commencement address.

Minor Mickel Shaw is president of Micco, LLC, a private investment company located in Greenville, S.C., and past president of Micco Corporation and Mickel Investment Group. She’s also chairwoman of the Duke Endowment, the Belle W. Baruch Foundation and Daniel-Mickel Foundation.

She has served as a member of many advisory boards, including those for Clemson University, Furman University, Presbyterian College, the Christ Church Episcopal School and the S.C. Governor’s School for the Arts.

She has received awards from the YMCA of Greenville, the Institute of Management Accountants – Greenville Chapter, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Urban League and the S.C. Business Hall of Fame. Shaw also received the state’s highest civilian honor: the Order of the Palmetto.

Shaw attended Randolph-Macon Woman's College and received the B.A. degree from the University of North Carolina (Chapel Hill).

Minor is married to Dr. Harold E. Shaw Jr., and they have three children and eight grandchildren.

Dr. William P. Diggs was the pastor of Trinity Baptist Church in Florence for more than half a century, before his retiring earlier this year. He also taught sociology and religious studies at Benedict College, Friendship College and Morris College.

He has served as a member of various boards, including those for Benedict, Friendship and Morris colleges and Morehouse School of Religion, the Interdenominational Theological Center, Nannie Helen Burroughs School, Greater Florence Habitat for Humanity and the Mayor's Human Relations Committee (Florence).

Diggs is the recipient of numerous awards, including Pee Dee Area Council Boys Scouts of America Whitney Young Award, S.C. AARP Andrus Award for Community Service, Building Bridges Humanitarian Award and his induction into the S.C. Black Hall of Fame. He also received the state’s highest civilian honor: the Order of the Palmetto.

He is a graduate Morehouse College, earned the M.A. in sociology from Atlanta University, the M.Div. from Colgate-Rochester Divinity School in Rochester, New York, and the D.Min. from McCormick Theological Seminary in Chicago.

Diggs is married to the former Clotilda Daniels. The couple has two children and one grandson.

Lucy Thrower retired from Francis Marion University in 1999 as an assistant math professor and coordinator of the mathematics lab but continues to teach on a part-time basis. She has taught for nearly 45 years.

Thrower is a founding member of the FMU faculty, the faculty senate and its chapter of the American Association of University Professors. She was also the recipient of the Charlene Wages Shared Governance Award in 2006.

She has served as a member of various boards, including the S.C. Board of Social Service and the S.C. Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics. She is also actively involved with the American Association of University Women in Florence, the League of Women Voters, the Pee Dee Land Trust and the Black Creek Land Trust. 

Thrower earned the B.A. in English from the University of South Carolina and the M.S. in mathematics from the University of Mississippi.

Thrower and her late husband, George, have two children.


Last Published: December 16, 2013 11:15 AM
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