2010 Commencement Exercises
Every college graduate faces that pivotal time of achieving the end of a dream to receive their undergraduate diplomas, and then moving on to the next giant step in their lives: independence greater than they have ever known. That’s the moment more than 100 members of the traditional day program Class of 2010 experienced May 8 as they walked from Flowers Hall across the Walk of Honor and over the bridge on the Green to Top Stage, where they collected their diplomas and tossed their hats in celebration. At the traditional day Commencement Exercises, the following awards were given:
- Accounting professor Amy Beard Hulsey ’90 was recognized with the Winn and Gordon Chappell Academic Enrichment Award
- Business professor Dr. Brenda Sonner was given the Julia Lightfoot Sellers Award, voted upon by members of the junior and senior classes as “that member of the teaching faculty who, in their judgment, has done much this year toward inspiring them to nobility of purpose and rekindling within them a deeper desire for learning.”
- The Graduate Address was delivered by Heath Miller ’10 (Biology; Guntersville, Ala.).
- The Commencement Address was delivered by Mr. J. Christopher Flowers, great-grandson of John Jefferson Flowers, for whom Flowers Hall is named, on the 100th anniversary of the opening of Flowers Hall.
- The winner of the Margaret Read Scholarship Medal for the highest grade point average among graduates of the Class of 2010 was Maegan McCollum (Political Science/English; Eldridge, Ala.)
- The Loyalty Award winners, voted upon by members of the senior class, were Kayla Bratcher ’10 (Biochemistry/Cell Biology; Ashford, Ala.) and Kelly Frazier ’10 (Cell Biology; Dothan, Ala.)
- The Willard D. Top Award, presented to a graduating senior who exemplifies an outstanding commitment to academics and service to Huntingdon College, was given to Riley Prescott ’10 (Psychology; Columbus, Ga.)
Adult Degree Completion Program (ADCP) Commencement
Graduates in the Class of 2010 in the Adult Degree Completion Program collected their diplomas Saturday evening. For these graduates, achievement of their undergraduate degrees happened after life interrupted their original plans or gave them a renewed determination to climb the educational mountain. ADCP students are adults who have already faced the “real world” and realized that a college degree would help them navigate through it more easily. We applaud you, ADCP students, for your courage to return to college and to fit your education into your already-established lives with work and family, too. You made it! Congratulations!
- The Commencement Address was delivered by Dr. Celia Smith Rudolph '80, assistant superintendent, Muscle Shoals City Schools, and a member of the Huntingdon College Board of Trustees.