LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 17, 2002) - One
hundred eighty-four Florida Southern College students received diplomas
at winter graduation ceremonies on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 10:30 a.m.
in Branscomb Auditorium. Bishop Timothy Whitaker, bishop of the
Florida Conference of the United Methodist Church and member of
the college's board of trustees, delivered the commencement address.
Graduating seniors included 103 from the college's traditional day
program, 25 from the Lakeland evening program, and 45 from the Orlando
program. Eleven students received their MBA's. Forty-seven students
received honors, with 18 summa cum laude, 12 magna cum laude, and
17 cum laude.
President's Scholarship Medals went to Angela Toth, a psychology
and sociology major residing in Lakeland, Fla., and Lisa McGee,
a nursing major from Maitland, Fla. The scholarship is awarded to
a student with 3.85 or higher grade point average and who represents
the best qualities of an FSC student, participating in the life
of the college and the community. The student speaker chosen by
the Commencement Committee was Jonathan Todd Henry, a criminology
and Spanish major and son of Douglas and Jacqueline Henry of Nashville,
Whitaker and Frank H. Furman, a member of FSC's board of trustees,
received honorary degrees. Whitaker received a degree of Doctor
of Humane letters in recognition of his years of service and leadership
in the United Methodist Church. Furman is chairman and executive
officer of Frank H. Furman, Inc., a general insurance agency. He
received a Doctor of Public Service degree in recognition of his
career of service to the community, the United Methodist Church,
and Florida Southern College.
About Florida Southern College
Florida Southern is a four-year, private, co-educational liberal
arts college affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The college
offers more than 40 undergraduate majors and a master of business
administration degree accredited by the Commission on Colleges of
the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Located in Lakeland, Fla., the college is home to the largest, single-site
collection of Frank Lloyd Wright architecture in the world.