Class of 2014 graduates Saturday
More than 500 Charleston Southern University undergraduate and graduate students will receive their degree at commencement activities Saturday. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.
Harvey L. Galloway, executive director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield of South Carolina Foundation, will be the guest speaker. Galloway has 43 years of experience with Blue Cross Blue Shield of S.C., and its owned companies.
Galloway’s work to improve healthcare in South Carolina was recognized in 2008 with the Palmetto Patriot award. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Presbyterian College and did his graduate work in managed health care administration at the Block School of Business at the University of Missouri in Kansas City.
The Blue Cross Blue Shield of S.C. Foundation awarded more than $7 million in 2013. Their priority funding areas are: childhood/adolescent health, community health, health care and free medical clinics, mental health, nursing issues, prevention of obesity and research on special projects.
This Saturday Galloway will encourage Charleston Southern graduates to “begin thinking of your life as writing your very own story,” he said.
Galloway said Commencement marks the beginning of the next chapter of life.
“You and you alone are the only one who can live your life, using your gifts, that writes your story, a story which I believe each one of you were meant to tell,” said Galloway, referring to Saturday’s Class of 2014. “This world needs your story, every single one of you, because as you tell that story, you have the ability to inspire others to find their place.”
The ceremony will also include Charleston Southern University’s annual honors including:
- Excellence in Teaching Award: Todd Heldreth
- DVM Myrtle E. Hamrick Award: Maggie Ann Murphy
- John A. Barry Scholar Award: April Rose McGarrity
- The Hunter Cup: John Alexander Tomasovich
- Carolyn Killen Hunter Scholarship: Marlee Elizabeth Tollison (junior)
- Honorary Doctor of Public Service: Harvey Leland Galloway
- Honorary Doctor of Public Service: Ann S. Taylor
Charleston Southern is one of South Carolina’s largest accredited, independent universities, enrolling 3,300 students. Charleston Southern has been named to America’s 100 Best College Buys, Military Friendly Schools, America’s Best Christian Colleges and The President's Higher Education Community Service Honor Roll. Affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention, the University’s vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.