The Coastal Carolina University Class of 2019 had more than 1,200 students receive degrees during three separate commencement ceremonies at the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center May 10-11. Among those graduates was Amber Rahman, from Elkton, who earned a Bachelor of Science in exercise and sport science from the HTC Honors College and Center for Interdisciplinary Studies.
As Bridgewater College’s 400 graduates and their families celebrated on Saturday, May 4, speaker R. Mark Laursen, clinical associate professor in Boston University’s Sargent College of Health and Rehabilitation Services as well as director of Athletic Training Services, urged the graduates to determine what makes them come alive, and then to pursue that passion. For the first time, Bridgewater College graduated master’s students, with six graduates earning master of science in athletic training degrees from the college. Of Saturday’s graduates, 151 earned bachelor of arts degrees and 165 earned bachelor of science degrees. Seventy-eight graduates will complete studies during the summer. The college’s president, Dr. David W. Bushman, conferred the degrees at the ceremony. Seventeen members of the class graduated summa cum laude – the top academic honor which requires at least a 3.9 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Thirty graduates earned magna cum laude honors – 3.7 or better average. Cum laude honors, requiring a 3.4 GPA, were earned by 61 graduates. Sarah A. Yashinskie, a health and exercise science major from North East, graduated cum laude.