Charleston Southern celebrates commencement
Charleston Southern University conferred 600 undergraduate and graduate degrees Saturday, May 4 at the North Charleston Coliseum. Two degree programs graduated their first classes: bachelor of arts in graphic design and bachelor of science in organizational management.
J. Frank Bullard III, coastal regional president for BB&T, was the guest speaker. Bullard is a member of Charleston Southern’s board of trustees and board of visitors.
Bullard said that he believes mentoring young people and surrounding himself with positive-thinking high achievers are some of the most important things a successful person can do.
“If you want to be a high achiever, surround yourself with successful people who have a positive attitude and passion for what they do,” he said.
Susan Ramsey Johnson, a 1970 Charleston Southern graduate, received the Distinguished Service Award. She has been chairman of the CSU Women’s Council and provided leadership for the development of the Shopping for Scholars Auction and the Gilmore Garden Project. The auction recently celebrated its 10th anniversary and to date has raised $218,243.65 for scholarships.
Johnson is the retired director of Charleston County School District’s Teacher Center with Charleston County School District.
Student who earned awards includ Myrtle E. Hamrick Award: Faith Henderson Nix, an Early Childhood Education major from Goose Creek.