2008-05-07 / Local News

Limestone graduation Thursday

About 340 students will receive diplomas
By SCOTT POWELL Ledger Staff Writer spowell@gaffneyledger.com

Limestone College assistant English professor Alex Richardson will speak to college graduates Thursday shortly after receiving a scholarship to teach in Portugal.

Richardson was recently awarded a Fulbright Scholar Award. He will travel to the Island of Maderia next spring to teach two courses on American culture at the University of Maderia.

About 340 Limestone College students will receive their diplomas in graduation ceremonies Thursday through Saturday. Each ceremony begins at 4 p.m.

Richardson, who chairs the English department, is excited about the opportunity to take his family to Portugal next spring. He admits to being nervous about speaking at Thursday's graduation ceremony.

"I'm just really grateful that my children get to have this experience," said Richardson about living in Portugal. "As for graduation, all I can say is yikes. I hope the things I have to say will, in some small way, benefit the graduates. We, as a faculty, are very proud of their achievements and I feel privileged to be a part of the ceremony."

Limestone College vice president of financial affairs Dave Rilling will speak at Friday's graduation ceremony. College president Dr. Walt Griffin will be the commencement speaker Saturday.

The majority of this spring's graduates completed degrees by taking online courses at Limestone College. Full-time day students and working adults from the college's Block program will also receive diplomas.

At Thursday's ceremony, Limestone College trustee Pat Plyler Watts will receive an honorary doctorate of public service. Watts is a 1955 Limestone graduate who is co-chair for the college's capital campaign to restore Winnie Davis Hall of History.

Sister Mary Mauldin will be awarded professor emeritus as she retires from 18 years of teaching mathematics and religion courses at Limestone. She is a longtime member of Sisters of Mercy in Belmont, N.C.

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