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Seventeen educators hooded for Doctor of Education degrees at SC State University

Author: Sam Watson, Director of University Relations|Published: May 15, 2024|All News, Student News, Photo Galleries

 ORANGEBURG, S.C. – South Carolina State University conducted its Spring Hooding Ceremony for Doctor of Educational Leadership degree candidates on Thursday, May 9.

A joint effort of the College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the College of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences (CEHSS), the ceremony recognized 17 educators who completed the curriculum through the SC State Department of Educational Leadership.

During the ceremony in the Fine Arts Building’s Barbara A. Vaughan Recital Hall, Alexander Conyers, the university’s president; Dr. Fredrick Evans, provost and vice president for academic affairs; and Dr. M. Evelyn Fields, CEHSS dean, offered congratulatory remarks.

The keynote speaker was Dr. Kandace Rhames Bethea, superintendent of the Marion County, South Carolina, School District.

Dr. Lakeisha Tucker, acting dean of the SC State College of Graduate Professional Studies, was joined by the candidate’s committee chair in hooding each candidate.
Conyers conferred the doctoral degrees at Friday’s commencement ceremony in Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.

Those earning doctorates were:

  • Terrie T. Ard
  • Penelope S. Atkinson
  • Angela Gaffney Brown
  • Vickie Culbreath Butler
  • RoShonda Lynn Frazier
  • Bernetta Patrice Geter
  • Lakenji Kente’ Hastings
  • William Marshall Harvey 
  • Noel Hazzard
  • Lara DuCom Kolb
  • Christina Denise Rogers
  • Candace Sewell-Hannah
  • Kenya T. Sewell-James
  • Mallika Stubbs
  • ShaVon T. Johnson Summers
  • Kendre’ Monique Thomas-Williamson
  • Kelvin Williams Sr.



Ard, Terrie T.
“Factors Affecting the Performance of Elementary and Secondary Title l Schools in South Carolina”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair
Atkinson, Penelope S.
“Female Students and Algebra: The Impact of Instructional Models During COVID”
Dr. Louise L. Allen, Chair


Brown, Angela Gaffney
“The Impact of Coronavirus on the Academic Performance of Sixth through Eighth Grades Students in ELA and Math”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair
Butler, Vickie Culbreath
“An Examination of College and Career Readiness in Adult Education Programs in South Carolina”
Dr. Michael A. Boatwright, Chair 
Frazier, RoShonda Lynn
“Certification Programs and Their Effect on Elementary Teachers’ Efficacy in Title I versus Non-Title I Schools"
Dr. Michael A. Boatwright, Chair
Geter, Bernetta Patrice
“The Effectiveness of Induction and Mentoring Programs on The Retention of Early Career Teachers in Selected South Carolina Schools”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair
Harvey, William Marshall
“A Comparison of EOC Exams among Athletes and Non-Athletes”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair
Hastings, Lakenji Kente
’“An Examination of Teachers Perception Toward the Quality and Impact of Professional Development Activities Based on Performance in an Urban School District in Georgia”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair 
Hazzard, Noel
“The Impact of Schools and District Conditions on Teacher Retention”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair
Kolb, Lara DuCom
“The Perceptions, Beliefs, and Attitudes of Alternative School Administrators in Northern Virginia Toward Professional Isolation and The Impact on School Performance”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair 
Rogers, Christina Denise
“The Effectiveness of New Teacher Mentor Programs on Teacher Retention”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair 
Sewell-Hannah, Candace
“The Effectiveness of Students Attending an Early Childhood Full-Day Pre-Kindergarten Program on School Readiness”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair
Sewell-James, Kenya T.
“The Effect of Chronic Absenteeism in Pre-Kindergarten on Early Literacy Assessments in Kindergarten”
Dr. Necati Engec, Chair
Stubbs, Mallika
“An Analysis of the Impact of School Transformation Technical Assistance on the Overall Academic Performance of Comprehensive Support and Improvement (CSI) Schools”
Dr. Jesulon Gibbs-Brown, Chair
Summers, ShaVon T. Johnson
“The Impact of Extended School Closures on Academic Achievement for Students with a Speech-Language Impairment”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair
Thomas-Williamson, Kendre’ Monique
“An Examination of Teacher’ Perceptions of Technology Usage in High School Classrooms Within a Rural School District in South Carolina”
Dr. Percy A. Mack, Jr., Chair
Williams Sr., Kelvin
“An Examination of the Impact of Students Behavior Consequences on Student Achievement of 9th Graders in Three Rural High Schools in South Carolina”
Dr. Michael A. Boatwright, Chair