CSU Class of 2014 graduates
Charleston Southern University conferred degrees upon almost 600 graduates today at North Charleston Coliseum. The Class of 2014 included the first graduates of the master of science in organizational management and the bachelor of arts in music and worship leadership.
Harvey L. Galloway, executive director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation, was the guest speaker. He also received an honorary doctor of public service degree from the university. Galloway has 43 years of experience with Blue Cross Blue Shield of S.C., and its owned companies. His work to improve healthcare in South Carolina was recognized in 2008 with the Palmetto Patriot award.
In his address to the graduates, Galloway said,
“I hope you will begin to think of your life as writing your very own story. You need to remember that your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice, and most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition each moment of your life, adding to your story.”
Trenton Green, a bachelor of arts graduate who served as vice president of the Student Government Association, delivered the senior class statement and challenged his fellow graduates to stand firm in their faith and their actions and to be courageous as they seek success.
Todd Heldreth, DVM, associate professor of biology, was awarded the Excellence in Teaching award. Other awards and winners were:
- Myrtle E. Hamrick Award: Maggie Ann Murphy, mathematics education major and a member of the volleyball team, from Marion, Iowa
- John A. Barry Scholar Award: April Rose McGarrity, early childhood education major and an Honors Program graduate, from Fort Mill, S.C.
- The Hunter Cup: John Alexander Tomasovich, a business administration major and a member of the baseball team, from Tega Cay, S.C.
- Carolyn Killen Hunter Outstanding Christian Teacher Endowed Scholarship & Award: Marlee Elizabeth Tollison, a junior majoring in early childhood education, from Easley,
- S.C. Honorary Doctor of Public Service: Ann S. Taylor, former mayor of the town of Heath Springs, S.C., and a longtime supporter of Charleston Southern.