Charleston Southern Celebrates Classes of 2020 and 2021 | New
Members of the Charleston Southern University Class of 2020 had the chance to take to the stage on April 30 at CSU’s Buccaneer Field, and the 2021 Class walked on May 1.
COVID-19 disrupted the traditional May graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020. CSU hosted a virtual class graduation last May and an in-person graduation pickup and photo opportunity with the class. president Dondi Costin.
About 150 members of the 2020 class have chosen to return and walk on stage. The more than 700 graduates of the 2021 class were honored and around 525 members attended the graduation ceremony.
President Dr Dondi Costin told both classes they were on a mission – to do what God called them to do.
Darrin Goss Sr., President and CEO of the Coastal Community Foundation, was the guest speaker. He said that in a hectic world he had hope because of who the graduates are as people. “I know who you are,” Goss said. “The question is, do you know who you are? You are very capable of changing the world. “
He encouraged graduates to help the country become a better place. He said, “I have confidence in our future because I have confidence in you.” He encouraged the graduates to exercise their faith and follow their faith routine with hope.
Goss is a United States Army veteran, an ordained minister with the South Carolina Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention, and has worked in government, nonprofit organizations, higher education, and private industry. He is a member of the Tri-County Cradle to Career Collaborative Board of Directors, the One Region Executive Committee and is Chairman of the Board of MDC, Inc. in Durham, North Carolina.
The Coastal Community Foundation brings people together and invests resources by managing over $ 300 million in assets and providing an average of over $ 15 million in grants and scholarships per year.
Carson Anderson, president of the Government Student Association 2019-2020, told his class, “We’re just celebrating a surprisingly early class reunion.” He encouraged his classmates to celebrate and rejoice because they had persevered and won. Anderson recently completed his first year of law school at the University of South Carolina.
SGA Senior Member Marisa Thomas addressed the Class of 2021 and said, “God has controlled our paths, guiding our steps every moment until now, and will continue to do so as we look to the world. ‘to come up. We must find courage in it and overcome the fear of failure. “
Special prices 2020:
- Excellence in Teaching Award – Dr. Mela Wyeth
- The John Barry Christian Scholar Award – Sarah Grace Rogers. The former graduate who achieved the highest academic rate and who, in the opinion of the faculty, shows the greatest promise for the future scholarship.
- The Myrtle E. Hamrick Award – Arin Joy Shivvers. The graduate woman who possesses the highest virtues of Christian femininity.
- The Hunter Cup – Ida Caroline Edmondson. The best-served class member whose character, scholarship and athleticism are considered outstanding.
- The Carolyn Killen Hunter Scholarship and Award for Outstanding Christian Teacher – Samantha A. Madak
Special prices 2021:
- The John Barry Christian Scholar Award – Darra Bailey Watts. The former graduate who achieved the highest academic rate and who, in the opinion of the faculty, shows the greatest promise for the future scholarship.
- The Hunter Cup – Taylor Lynsey Barnes, women’s cross country. The best-served class member whose character, scholarship and athleticism are considered outstanding.
- Carolyn Killen Hunter Outstanding Christian Teacher Scholarship and Award – Salena Marie Stack
- Excellence in Teaching Award – Professor Thomas Keating
- Emeritus Faculty of English – Dr Nancy Barendse
- Emeritus Faculty of Mathematics – Dr Jeryl Johnson
- Emeritus Faculty of Spanish – Dr Pam Peek
- Honorary Doctorate in Public Service – Darrin Goss Sr., President and CEO, Coastal Community Foundation