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Coker College celebrates historic winter commencement

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HARTSVILLE, SC (WMBF) – Coker College graduated a record 92 undergraduates during its 2013 winter commencement ceremony.

Along with awarding bachelor's degrees, six individuals received their master's degrees, becoming the first class of students to receive a graduate-level degree at the institution.

"In 2011, the college passed a major milestone when our accrediting body authorized a level change to a master's granting institution, in college athletics and other areas related to sport management" said Tracy Parkinson, provost and dean of the faculty.

Patricia Harris delivered the commencement speech and was awarded an honorary doctorate of humane letters. Harris is the global chief diversity officer & vice president of global community engagement for McDonald's Corporation.

Robin Foley, a student in the Adult Learners Program for Higher Achievement (ALPHA), presented the Distinguished Adjunct Professor of the Year award to Olivia Cribb, an adjunct professor at Coker since 2001. Cribb is a mathematics professor who teaches in the ALPHA program at the Marion campus.

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