Fall commencement exercises at Francis Marion University are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, at Smith University Center gymnasium. A crowd of more than 3,500 is expected to witness the awarding of more than 250 undergraduate and graduate degrees.
Honorary doctoral degrees will be presented to attorney Eugene (Nick) Zeigler Jr. and retired educators Marvin W. Lynch and Joseph E. Heyward, all of Florence. Zeigler will be the commencement speaker.
Also, Dollie Newhouse, director of FMU’s Career Development Center, says that there has been a high demand in the Pee Dee in recent years for new graduates in the information technology field, as well as grads who wish to pursue careers in healthcare and education. Graduates with business degrees are also in demand, especially those who are proficient in accounting.
Regardless of their area of study, new graduates can expect employers to look for evidence of strong writing and speaking skills, familiarity with computers, and the ability to produce quality work independently and in collaboration with colleagues. These skills repeatedly are mentioned by employers as essential ingredients in a young professional’s transition from the campus to the work environment.
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