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First Posted: 5:01 am - January 17th, 2016

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Piedmont Technical College

GREENWOOD — Clayrann Renetta Small of Jenkinsville received an associate in applied science degree with a major in general business, management concentration, from Piedmont Technical College during commencement exercises held in December.

Southern Wesleyan University

CENTRAL – Southern Wesleyan University awarded more than 300 graduates with degrees during two commencement ceremonies on its campus in Central.

The commencement speaker was Belle S. Wheelan, Ph.D., who is the first African American and the first woman to serve as president of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges. Her career spans 40 years and includes the roles of faculty member, chief student services officer, campus provost, college president and secretary of education.

Wheelan shared with graduates some of the lessons she said contributed to her success, saying “take time to say ‘thank you’ to the people around you,” and “it’s more important to be respected for the things you believe than to be liked.”

“People will always remember how you treat them, but you’ll best be remembered for the things you did,” Wheelan said. Wheelan urged graduates of the adult and online programs Dec. 12 to thank their family members, spouses, coworkers or professors for “getting them where they are today,” adding “for those of you who were there for them, job well done.”

“You are living proof that anything worth having is worth working for,” Wheelan added.

The Southern Wesleyan University Alumni Association presented all graduates with a SWU commemorative Bible as they crossed the stage, new degrees in hand. The ceremonies were held in the auditorium of Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center.

The December 2015 graduates included:

Blythewood: Aleece L. Hardy, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision; Nora Raquel Gause, Master of Business Administration; Georgette Holmes-Shelton, A.A. in General Studies; Beth Ashley White, M.Ed. in Administration and Supervision.

Winnsboro: Lydia Michelle Gibson, B.S. in Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude.

College & Campus News includes listings of academic achievements by residents of Fairfield County. Items are accepted from a college or university only but can be provided to the newspaper by a parent or guardian if submitted on letterhead from the institution. Call 635-4016 or send an email to WBHnews@civitasmedia.com for more information.

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