Afternoon Commencement - Guest Speaker: S.C. Governor Henry McMaster
Limestone College will confer degrees on 285 graduates from various degree programs during its two commencement exercises on Friday, May 10, inside Fullerton Auditorium.
South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster will speak at both commencements, with one starting at 10:45 a.m. and the second beginning at 2:45. Doors at Fullerton Auditorium will open one hour prior to each graduation.
Governor McMaster will be awarded an Honorary Doctoral degree during the first ceremony.
Including the 242 graduates in December, Limestone will award 527 degrees during the 2018-2019 academic year.
For the first time ever, Limestone graduates will be wearing blue caps and gowns during the upcoming ceremonies. Instead of the black academic regalia traditionally used for students in the past, Limestone has moved to its school colors for caps and gowns beginning May 10. The new regalia includes blue caps and gowns, with the Limestone logo embroidered in gold on the left chest of the robes. The new tassels will feature both blue and gold colors, instead of only the gold used in the past.
At 10:45 a.m., Limestone will hold a graduation ceremony for its Arts & Humanities Division and Education & Behavioral Sciences Division. Those majors include (Arts & Humanities) Art, English, History, Liberal Studies, Music, Professional Communications, and Theatre, along with (Education & Behavioral Sciences) Childcare Management, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, English Education, Math Education, Physical Education, Psychology, and Social Work.
The ceremony can be viewed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n7rz7pa45jw. The graduation will also be archieved at that same link for later viewing.
Then at 2:45 p.m., the College will hold commencement for its Natural/Health Sciences Division and Business & Professional Studies Division. Those majors include (Natural/Health Sciences) Athletic Training, Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Health Sciences, and Mathematics, along with (Business & Professional Studies) Business Administration, Health Care Administration, Human Resource Management, and Sport Management.
That graduation can be viewed live at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z4N2geB_Dvw. The ceremony will also be archieved at that same link for later viewing.
The Day Campus is graduating 145 students, while the Online & Evening and the MBA Programs are combining for 140 graduates.
All graduates are being provided four tickets for the respective commencement ceremonies for friends and family members. The College will also offer overflow seating inside all classrooms at Winnie Davis Hall of History and Carroll Fine Arts Building where visitors can view the commencements live via video stream. Overflow will also be available in Room 103 at the Hamrick Hall of Science.
For the morning ceremony, graduates can pick up tickets for commencement at Winnie Davis Hall of History between 8:30 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. A President’s Reception will be held in the Formal Parlors of the Curtis Administration Building from 9 a.m. until 10 a.m. Campus tours and departmental activities will also be held during that time period. Graduates will begin lining up for commencement at 10:15 a.m. in the A.J. Eastwood Library.
For the afternoon ceremony, graduates can pick up tickets for commencement at Winnie Davis Hall between 12:30 p.m. and 2:15 p.m. A President’s Reception will be held in the Formal Parlors from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. Campus tours and departmental activities will also be held during that time period. Graduates will begin lining up for commencement at 2:15 p.m. in the library.
For graduates, family, and friends who would like to purchase souvenir items, the Saints Shop Campus Store will be open from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m.
Limestone’s Board of Trustees recently voted to bestow the Honorary Doctor of Public Service degree honor on the Governor.
McMaster’s late mother-in-law, Mary Rogers McAbee (nee Anderson), was a Limestone College graduate, along with her three sisters. She went on to teach school in Cherokee and Spartanburg Counties. Her daughter, South Carolina’s First Lady Peggy McMaster, and the Governor have been married for over 38 years. McMaster’s sister-in-law, Mary Claire McAbee, is also a Limestone graduate.