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 Record Number of Students to Graduate During AU Spring Commencement

264 graduates marks a record number for the University

264 Anderson University students will receive their diplomas during spring commencement exercises on Saturday, May 7 at 10:00 am. One of the South’s most unique and scenic graduation ceremonies, the AU commencement will take place under the 100-year-old oak trees on the front lawn of campus, named “Alumni Lawn” during AU’s Centennial Homecoming celebration this past fall. 40 Masters degrees will also be awarded at commencement.

Dr. Belle S. Wheelan will deliver the commencement address. Dr. Wheelan is the President of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is the first African American and the first woman to serve in this capacity. Her career spans over 30 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president, and Secretary of Education. In several of those roles she was the first African American and/or woman to serve in those capacities.

In addition to having another record-setting number of graduates for spring commencement, the Saturday ceremony will also feature the first ever Master of Teaching (MAT) graduates, as well as Master of Criminal Justice (MCJ) graduates from The Command College of South Carolina.
In case of inclement weather, commencement exercises will move from Alumni Lawn to AU’s Abney Athletic Center on the main campus.

 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 environment.

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