Honors and Awards Convocation to Recognize Student Scholars

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

ORANGEBURG, S.C. – Nearly 500 students will be recognized for academic excellence at South Carolina State University’s annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation, which will be held on Tuesday, April 2, at 3 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. The theme for this year is “A Community of Scholars: Learning, Serving, Achieving.” Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed, director of the University of South Carolina’s Center (UofSC) for the Education and Equity of African American Students (CEEAAS), will serve as the keynote speaker for the program.

Dr. Jennifer Reed Clyburn 2The Honors and Awards Convocation was crafted to honor students who have distinguished themselves with excellence in scholarship and service. Such distinctions are manifested through the attainment of presidential medallion pins (gold, silver and bronze) and special academic scholarships and awards.

The Presidential Scholar Awards were created in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance Jr., the fifth president of South Carolina State University. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence, encourage those who maintain academic excellence to achieve higher levels of academic pursuits and provide symbolic recognition via the presidential pin.

As one of three daughters of U.S. Congressman James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and Dr. Emily England Clyburn- both graduates of SC State, ’61- Reed has a family history grounded in education, public service and leadership. She has extensive experience in education and teaching that spans 26 years in the South Carolina public education system and the South Carolina Department of Education. Reed’s current employer, CEEAAS, is a teaching and learning center housed at USC’s College of Education in Columbia.

Prior to working at UofSC, she taught and coordinated the Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program at a Richland County middle school. AVID is a college preparatory system designed for students with academic potential who may be first-generation college attendees in their families. She has also served as an education specialist at the South Carolina Department of Education, a school district literacy coach with the South Carolina Reading Initiative, English Language Arts Department chair, middle school girls’ basketball coach and mentor to novice and second-career teachers.

Reed earned a doctoral degree in instructional leadership from Nova Southeastern University and is a three-time graduate from UofSC, holding an Education Specialist degree, Master of Arts in teaching and a Bachelor of Arts in political science.

Recently, she co-coordinated the design and implementation of the Apple Core Initiative, a scholarship program within UofSC’s College of Education, geared toward incoming freshman in the Teacher Education Program.

In addition, she served on the implementation team for the Richland School District One Reading Initiative and serves on the selection committee for the Dr. Emily England Clyburn Honors College Scholarship at SC State. Seven $10,000 scholarships have been awarded to incoming freshmen since fall 2017.

A firm believer in ‘service above self,’ Reed serves on the executive board of the Spring Valley Rotary Club, board of the Greater Columbia Community Relations Council and the executive board of the Richland County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc.

She owns an educational consulting company, Beyond Limits LLC and is the chief operating officer of property investment group, 49 Magnolia Blossom LLC. Responding to a need in the Midlands, she established a nonprofit organization, Magnolia Blossom SC, which repurposes abandoned properties in underserved neighborhoods.

The Honors and Awards Convocation rehearsal for student scholars and other program participants will be held on Monday, April 1, at 7 p.m. in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center.

The program is free of charge and open to the public.

For more information, please contact the SC State University Honors College office at (803) 533-3710 or (803) 533-3790.