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FLORENCE, S.C. – Three-hundred-and-twenty-five degrees were awarded during commencement exercises at Francis Marion University, Saturday, May 8.

These included 18 Master of Education, eight Master of Science in Applied Psychology, three Master of Arts in Teaching, five Master of Business Administration, 164 Bachelor of Science, 58 Bachelor of Business Administration, 43 Bachelor of Arts, and two Bachelor of General Studies.

Through its cooperative nursing program with Francis Marion, the Medical University of South Carolina also awarded Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees to 24 students.

 The William H. Blackwell Award, presented by Dr. Robert W. Moore, chairman of the FMU Foundation, was awarded to Harriett Keisha Gainey of Hartsville, Bruce Gatlin Johnson of Marion, and Barbara Hammond Lott of Florence.  The Blackwell Award, named in memory of the founding chairman of the FMU Foundation, is presented to the undergraduate Francis Marion University student, or students, with the highest grade point average (for all academic work undertaken at FMU) of those graduating during the past academic year.  All three individuals attained a 4.0 grade point average on all academic work undertaken at Francis Marion.

 Gainey, a biology major, earned recognition as a Francis Marion Scholar, a Student Marshal, a member of the Judicial Council, and a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Beta Beta.  At the university’s 1999 Academic Awards Day program, she received the Scholastic Achievement Award and the Biology Department Award.  As president of her sorority, she help lead Kappa Delta to the 1998 President’s Cup for highest grade point average, its first in a decade.  She will attend MUSC to pursue a master’s degree in clinical laboratory services.

Johnson, a double major in chemistry and biology, has received recognition as a Francis Marion Scholar for four years.  At the recent 1999 Academic Awards Day program, he received the Biology Award, the Chemistry Award, the South Carolina Section of the American Chemical Society (SCACS) Outstanding Chemistry Major Award, and the Scholastic Achievement Award.  He is a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Beta Beta Beta honor societies, and the Student Affiliate Section of the ACS.  He plans to undertake future studies in medical school or graduate school.

 Lott completed her degree requirements in December and received a B.A. degree in French.  She is a member of Phi Kappa Phi (in which she served as the vice president) and Pi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society in Social Science.  She was also active on the President’s Student Advisory Council.  The recipient of the Modern Language Award for 1997-98, she plans to attend the University of South Carolina this fall and pursue a Master of Arts in Teaching degree in French.

 Moore also awarded the J. Lorin Mason Distinguished Professor Award for the 1998-99 academic year to Dr. George E. Harding III, an associate professor of German and coordinator of the German program at FMU.  Harding has been a member of the Francis Marion faculty since 1987.

 Ralph King “Tripp” Anderson III was honored as the recipient of the 1999 FMU Outstanding Alumnus Award, which was presented by Dr. Joseph E. Heyward, provost at FMU.  A 1980 graduate of Francis Marion, Anderson is an Administrative Law Judge in Columbia.  He was the Assistant Attorney General for the State of South Carolina from 1984 to 1995.  A native of Florence, he majored in political science at Francis Marion, and in 1995 he was named as one of the university’s 25 most distinguished alumni, in celebration of the school’s 25th anniversary.

 Eight FMU students completed degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher and received their degrees summa cum laude

Last Published: June 24, 2004 7:01 AM
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