Sentinel Progress

Winter graduation for SWU

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University held two graduation ceremonies Dec. 8 on its campus in Central – a 10 a.m. ceremony for graduates of its traditional program and a 3 p.m. ceremony for graduates of its adult evening and online programs.

The graduation speaker was Tim Rickman, a longtime educator and a graduate of Southern Wesleyan.

Highlights of the ceremony included University President Todd Voss presenting Rickman with an honorary Doctorate of Pedagogy degree, which is awarded to an individual for special and advanced qualities, attainments, contributions and recognition as a creative and experienced educator.

“Serve the Lord, give your life, make Him first place in your life. Get in the habit every single morning of your life, have a conversation with the Lord,” Rickman told the graduates. “Make yourself available to others. Love other people and give yourself to them. Always give more than you can get. In your job, give more than you’re paid for.

There will be tough times, but God will be with you, but also there will be great times, and God will be with you,” said Rickman.

The City of Greenville Pipes and Drums led the processional for both ceremonies. Special music during the morning ceremony was provided by the Southern Wesleyan University Brass Ensemble, and during the afternoon ceremony with the University Singers.

The university also recognized graduates who are either currently serving military personnel or veterans:

Air Force: Toni Brewer, Latonya Davis, Stephen Mullaney and Linda Valentine

Army: Michael Aiken, Sherry Futch, Jason Gass, Thomas Jones, Eric Marcengill, Laquetta Paylor, Randal Vasquez, Gary Winferry and Nathan Young

Marines: Douglas Hallums, Kevin Hardin, Samuel Keaton and Lamont Lum

Navy: Kevin Carlton and Ann Presson

On Dec. 7, the university held its Baccalaureate service, featuring a “ceremony of the servants” in which graduates of the traditional programs received towels – a symbol of Christian service – embroidered with the Southern Wesleyan University seal. Rev. Paul Service, assistant pastor at Pickens View Wesleyan Church, gave the Baccalaureate sermon.

The December 2017 local graduates included from Central: Kaitlin Bolt, Bachelor of Science in Sociology; Marla Burgos, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Curtis Burkhalter, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Tyus Gaines, Bachelor of Arts in Recreation and Sport Management; Kimberly Harris, Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Jacob Mealy, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Luis Santos, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Sara Sigman, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Honesty Simpson, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Caleb Southern, Bachelor of Arts in History; Wesley Wilson, Bachelor of Science in Human Services; Roman Wright, Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science.

From Clemson: K’daya Austin, Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice; Ashley Jarrett, Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education; Minnie Johnson, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Grant Wright, Bachelor of Arts in History; Sadie Wyant, Bachelor of Arts in English.

From Easley: Rebecca Albrecht, Associate of Arts in General Studies; Crystal Bailey, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision; Jacqueline Bayne, Master of Education in Classroom Leadership; Toni Brewer, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Christopher Burnett, Master of Education in Administration and Supervision; Haley Crumpton, Bachelor of Science in Psychology; Troy Fuller, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Jason Gass, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Douglas Hallums, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Ciera Pruitt, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Alexandra Welborn, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education.

From Liberty: James Gilstrap, Bachelor of Arts in History; Ashley Rogers, Bachelor of Arts in Media Communication; Megan Vaughn, Bachelor of Science Biology.

From Pickens: Brentley Ellenburg, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Mandy Evans, Associate of Arts in General Studies; Carlin Grant, Bachelor of Science in Applied Computer Science; Dobson King, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration; Lamont Lum, Bachelor of Science in Business Administration.

From Sunset: Rebecca Summey, Associate of Arts in General Studies.

Congratulations to all the 2017 Winter graduates.

Southern Wesleyan University graduates turn their tassels after receiving their degrees at the traditional graduation ceremony.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_swu.jpgSouthern Wesleyan University graduates turn their tassels after receiving their degrees at the traditional graduation ceremony. Courtesy photo
As wintry weather moves in, SWU administration and faculty march toward Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center as the processional begins for winter graduation. Carrying the university mace is Dr. Walt Sinnamon, chair of the university’s Science Division.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_swu1-1.jpgAs wintry weather moves in, SWU administration and faculty march toward Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center as the processional begins for winter graduation. Carrying the university mace is Dr. Walt Sinnamon, chair of the university’s Science Division. Courtesy photo
Southern Wesleyan University President Dr. Todd Voss congratulates Shelia Kitchens of Martinez, Ga. during graduation for adult and online program graduates.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_swu3.jpgSouthern Wesleyan University President Dr. Todd Voss congratulates Shelia Kitchens of Martinez, Ga. during graduation for adult and online program graduates. Courtesy photo
Tim Rickman gives the graduation address Dec. 8 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central.
https://www.sentinelprogress.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/12/web1_swu4.jpgTim Rickman gives the graduation address Dec. 8 at Southern Wesleyan University in Central. Courtesy photo

Staff report