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School News - May 12, 2014
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Coastal Carolina University’s spring commencement ceremony was held at Brooks Stadium on May 10, with some 1,081 candidates for undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Among the local candidates for graduation were:

Katherine Cracraft, of Camden, graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science;

Anthony Germany, of Camden, graduated Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology;

Matthew Goodwin, of Camden, graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History;

Larry Poston, of Elgin, earned a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Management; and

David Singleton, of Camden, graduated with a Bachelor of Science Business Administration in Resort Tourism Management.

U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, the commencement speaker, urged the Class of 2014 to embrace the responsibility their education has given them, to pursue the truth, and to cultivate a sense of historical awareness and civic duty.

Trethewey received the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C. The University offers 66 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree and seven master’s degree programs in accountancy, business administration, education, marine and wetland studies, and writing.


Dana Oree of Elgin graduated from Troy University during Spring Commencement ceremonies on May 9 in Trojan Arena on the Troy Campus.

More than 700 students representing 24 states and 14 nations took part in the ceremony. Gen. Victor E. Renuart, Jr., a Troy alumnus and former commander of NORAD and the United States Northern Command, delivered the keynote address.

Troy University is a public, internationally recognized institution serving a broad range of students on four campuses in Alabama, online and around the world, providing a wide variety of academic programs from the associate to the doctoral level. Founded in 1887, with the motto “Educate the mind to think, the heart to feel, and the body to act,” Troy University’s continuing mission is to prepare future leaders through teaching the importance of service to the community.