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FMU recognizes grads with academic honors

on Tuesday, 29 December 2015. Posted in Education, Local News

Francis Marion University honored students who completed the university Honors Program and those who earned Latin honors at FMU’s fall commencement Saturday, Dec. 19. FMU conferred 351 degrees, including a record 98 graduate degrees, at the commencement, held on campus at the Smith University Center.

Among the undergraduate degrees were two students who completed degree requirements to be FMU Honors graduates. Nkili Olabisi Gause of Loris and Amber Nichole Griffith of Greenville received Honors cords. Honor cords are presented to graduates who compile a minimum grade point average of 3.25 for all academic work and for a minimum of 21 hours in FMU Honors courses.

Two other students completed degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average of 3.9 or higher and received their degrees summa cum laude (with highest honors). They were Melody Leanne McColl of Clio and Kayla Joyce Staley of Florence. Eleven students received degrees magna cum laude (with high honor). Magna Cum Laude requires completion of degree requirements with a cumulative grade point average between 3.75 and 3.89.

They were Lindsay Jayne Baldridge of Surfside Beach; MaryAnn Collins, Pamplico; George Cameron Dodge, Austin Reed Jones, Hallie Catherine Prosser and Michael David Yokim all of Florence; Dana R. Gulledge of Ruby; Santanna Kadeedra Johnson of Columbia; Matthew Coy Price of Timmonsville; Emily Langsford Sears of Ashburn, Va.; and Janil Lavey Seegars of Camden.

Seventeen students completed degree requirements with a grade point average between 3.50 and 3.74 and received their degrees cum laude (with honor). They were Jamie Marguerite Brock of Wallace; Mary Lane Cox of Pamplico; Jamesa Mariah Dunham of Hamer; Chelsea Norris Etheredge, Joshua Thomas Skelton, Lindsay Elizabeth Smith, Rebecca Imogene Whitten and Jeffrey Ryan Zimmers all of Florence; Nkili Olabisi Gause of Loris; Hiba Ghasham of Beirut, Lebanon; Amber Nichole Griffith of Greenville; Hannah Taylor Harber of Hartsville; Brittney Nicole Merck of Lexington; Anna Louise Moore of McBee; Tiana Shontal Rogers of Cheraw; Carolyn Causey Smith of Lake View; and Brooke Hilburn Tanner of Georgetown.

Degree recipients at the commencement are from six different countries, 14 U.S. states and 34 South Carolina counties.

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