Buies Creek, N.C.—Graduates and their friends and families took refuge from the heat Saturday, May 15, as Campbell University held its Spring commencement ceremony in the spacious new John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center.
Over 600 undergraduate students and graduate students from the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business and the School of Education participated in Saturday’s ceremony. Separate ceremonies were held May 14 for graduate degree candidates in the Campbell University Divinity School and the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. The Norman Adrian Wiggins School of Law will hold their ceremony on Friday, May 21 in Raleigh.
Frank B. Holding, chairman and CEO of First Citizens BancShares, Inc., and subsidiaries First Citizens Bank and IronStone Bank, delivered the commencement address. Building upon the lessons he’s learned from the banking industry, Holding encouraged graduates to invest wisely – in their education, relationships, community, and themselves – and give back.
“Live an interest-bearing life. Give back a portion of all that you have invested to your church, to your community and to your workplace… and then some,” said Holding. “Go beyond what is expected and live intentional lives that make a difference.”
President Jerry M. Wallace and Provost Dr. Dwaine Greene presented honorary degrees to Frank Holding, Jr. and Edward B. Titmus, president of the Titmus Foundation, Inc. The officials also honored two outstanding students and an outstanding community leader with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, given annually in memory of New York philanthropist and humanitarian Algernon Sydney Sullivan. Students Lydia A. Butler and Meredith Greene and entrepreneur Dexter Floyd, co-owner and operator of a chain of 24 Piggly Wiggly stores, received the 2010 awards.
The awarding of degrees was performed by university deans: Dr. Ben Hawkins, of the Lundy-Fetterman School of Business; Dr. Mark Hammond of the College of Arts and Sciences; Dr. Karen Nery of the School of Education; Dr. Ronald Maddox of the College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences and Dr. Michael Cogdill, dean of the Campbell Divinity School.
The grand total of degrees conferred during the 2009-2010 academic year is 1795. A total of 971 students (564 undergraduate and 407 graduate and professional) will receive degrees this graduation season. The candidates for undergraduate degrees include 30 Associate of Arts, 36 Bachelor of Applied Science, 7 Bachelor of Health Science, 175 Bachelor of Business Administration, 216 Bachelor of Science, 98 Bachelor of Arts and 6 Bachelor of Social Work. Of the graduate and professional candidates, there are 61 Master of Business Administration, 26 Master of Education, 1 Master of School Administration, 6 Master of Arts, 5 Master of Arts in Christian Education, 47 Master of Divinity, 5 Doctor of Ministry, 51 Master of Science and 98 Doctor of Pharmacy and 107 Juris Doctor.
151 students completed their degrees in August 2009 and another 327 in December 2009. In addition to the 971 graduates participating in these graduation ceremonies, 346 students have earned bachelor degrees through the University’s program at Tunku Abdul Rahman College in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Photo Copy: Frank Holding, Jr. delivered the commencement speech for the spring graduation ceremony at Campbell University. Photo by Bennett Scarborough.