SC State Hosts annual Honors and Awards Convocation

Tuesday, April 2, 2019


ORANGEBURG, S.C.- Students, administrators, faculty, staff, along with family and friends, gathered at SC State’s Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center on Tuesday to honor students for their academic excellence throughout the school year. Nearly 500 students from various majors were awarded presidential medallion pins in gold, silver and bronze. Students were also awarded scholarships and other special distinctions during the program.


SC State provost, Dr. Learie B. Luke welcomed the crowd with enthusiasm, as he offered uplifting words to students.


“We are excited to celebrate your accomplishments and hard work throughout the year. We want you to know that your hard work and dedication to achieving your goals does not go unnoticed. Continue to thrive in your studies and work toward your aspirations,” Luke said


Dr. Jennifer Clyburn Reed, the daughter of U.S. Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-SC) and Emily Clyburn, served as the guest speaker for the event. She talked about the power and importance of education and gave positive reinforcement to students.


“Our family believes in the power of education. Being a lifelong learner does not mean sitting in a classroom for the rest of your life. Life’s journey is an educational experience itself,” Clyburn Reed said.


“No matter how carefully you plan, things may change, but don’t let speedbumps become roadblocks. Adjust your speed and ease over them, so you can get to your destination. I wish you all the best as you embark on these new journeys,” she continued.


SC State President James E. Clark presented the 2019 Presidential Scholars to students, who were chosen by the deans of their respective academic colleges. Clark also awarded alumna, Asmita Panthi, ’18, for maintaining a 4.0 grade point average throughout her tenure at SC State. Panthi earned a Bachelor of Science degree in biology and completed cancer research at the university.


The Presidential Scholar Awards were created in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance Jr., the fifth president of SC State University.


The program is held annually during the spring semester at SC State.