Annual Commencement Held
Dr. John Hucks
Southern Methodist College held its annual commencement on Thursday, May 11th, at First Southern Methodist Church, Orangeburg, South Carolina. The service was opened in prayer by Dr. Dan Thigpen, President of The Southern Methodist Church. Dr. John Hucks, Academic Dean, led the preliminaries, including the Apostles’ Creed, pledges to the American and Christian flags, and the singing of “America the Beautiful.” Dr. Vic Reasoner, President, welcomed all, including members of the College family, family members of the graduates, and other guests.
Several awards were made by faculty. Dr. Hucks awarded the Continuing Education Award to Edna Abraham. This award represents outstanding achievement to an older student who pursues his or her education while working full-time. He awarded the Academic Excellence Award for Tineke van Loenen, recognizing her achievement as the student with the highest grade point average for the academic year. Miss van Loenen earned a perfect 4.00 g.p.a. as a full-time student. Dr. Reasoner awarded the School Spirit Award to Mishael Guingab, the college’s highest award in order to recognize her academic and ministry achievements while a student. Dr. Richard Blank, Director of Institutional Advancement, presented the Development Award to Jack Corbett, member of the Board of Directors, recognizing the contributions of Mr. Corbett of both time and resources to the ministry of the College.
Rev. Greg Williams, Eastern Annual Conference Vice President, brought the commencement address challenging the graduates to be strong and firm in their Christian convictions in an unsettled and spiritually dark world.
Dr. Reasoner then presented the following degrees to the candidates presented by the Faculty. Tineke van Loenen received the Associate of Arts degree in General and Religious Education. Mishael Guingab and Kimberly Talley received the Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible with a double major in Christian Ministries. Dr. Reasoner closed the service with prayer, asking God’s blessing on the graduates as they go forth serve in the kingdom of God.