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Record Number of Students Graduate During AU Commencement

255 graduates marks a record number for the University

255 Anderson University students received their diplomas during commencement exercises this morning. One of the South’s most unique and scenic graduation ceremonies, the AU commencement took place under the 100-year-old oak trees on the front lawn of campus in picture perfect spring weather.

Senator Lindsey Graham delivered the commencement address praising the growth and recognition being given to Anderson University over the past three years and urging the graduates to develop the strength to stand up for the values instilled in them by the University. Graham noted that many of those values are under assault in current American discourse but that in defending them, students should remember civility and respect.

“I disagree with President Obama on many things,” the senator told attendees, “but I believe it is important to do so with respect. We should cherish the right to have different viewpoints and opinions in this country, but we must remain respectful.”

The senator also noted that the graduates will be inheriting a troubled world as they leave the university.

“These are difficult times you are inheriting,” he said. “Our nation has a troubled economy and the world is at war. We have faced more difficult times than this, however, and I firmly believe our best days lie ahead.”

An honorary Doctor of Humanities degree was awarded to multiple Grammy award-winning composer, arranger, and bandleader, Johnny Mann, who recently composed a new alma mater for the second 100 years of Anderson University. The school was founded in 1911 and will be celebrating its centennial beginning this fall.

Anderson granted more than 30 graduate degrees as well, including the first graduating class in the institution’s MBA program.

Anderson University is a comprehensive university affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention offering bachelors and masters degrees. Anderson is ranked in the Top Tier (top 33) of colleges and universities in the South by U. S. News & World Report.  Anderson has also been named one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.” Located in The Upstate region of South Carolina near the foothills of the Appalachians, Anderson University features a rigorous education in a supportive Christian environment.

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