RECORD NUMBER FOR ANDERSON COMMENCEMENT
120 graduates, a record for winter
commencement at Anderson University, crossed the stage to receive diplomas on
Sunday, December 12th.
has broken enrollment records for the past five years and graduation numbers
are reflecting that growth. AU passed the 2,500 mark in enrollment this year.
Sunday commencement exercises featured the awarding of bachelor’s degrees to
traditional undergraduate students as well as the evening ACCEL program. 30
graduate students in Education and Business also received master’s degrees.
commencement address was delivered by Nathan Cox, an associate professor of art
and the head of AU’s ceramics program, in keeping with the tradition of having
the faculty chairperson deliver the winter commencement address. Cox’s work in
ceramics is highly regarded and many pieces are on permanent display throughout
the country. He challenged students to seek God’s help as they head into the
working world and to continue to learn and expand their minds throughout their
graduate George Watson was presented with the alumni achievement award from the
university. Watson is CEO of Frosty Acre Brands, the nation’s oldest
member-owned food distribution marketing and procurement group. F.A.B. consists
of 81 food distribution companies located throughout the USA, Canada, Bahamas
and Puerto Rico.
Koopman Lapham, a 2002 graduate of the evening program, was awarded the ACCEL
Alumni Achievement Award for her professional success. Lapham is an attorney
with Harrison, White, Smith and Coggins law firm in Spartanburg. She began her
education at Anderson before moving on to law school at Mississippi College
School of Law.
graduation ceremony also featured Anderson’s first student to graduate as a
commissioned officer through the joint ROTC program between Anderson and
Clemson University. Maggie Cooler Mason will leave AU as a commissioned officer
in the Air Force.
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 21) of colleges and
universities in the South, and one of 68 “Up and
Coming” schools to watch in America,”
by U. S. News & World Report. It is the #1 “Up and Coming” school in The
South according to that publication.
Anderson has also been named one of “Americas 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