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Over 300 to receive degrees at FMU on Saturday

May 3, 2019

FLORENCE, S.C. – Francis Marion University will confer more than 308 degrees during its spring commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday.

Out of the 308 graduates, 290 will receive undergraduate degrees, and 18 will receive graduate degrees.

This year, the university has the 10 engineering and seven physics graduates. The industrial engineering program is a relatively new program with its first class graduating in 2017.

Nine students will graduate with university honors, 13 summa cum laude, 18 magna cum laude and 33 cum laude.

Biology major Presley Hucks and Courtney Smith will receive the Blackwell Award for being the top academic students in the class.

Honorary degrees will be presented to S.C. Rep. Gilda Cobb-Hunter, retired FMU professor of English Ted Whisnant and outgoing FMU Vice President for Business Affairs John J. Kispert during the ceremony. Cobb-Hunter will deliver the commencement address.

Commencement is a ticketed event. Tickets will ensure access to seating inside the gym until 9:45 a.m.