SC State Honors and Awards Convocation to Highlight Academic Achievement

Friday, March 23, 2007

Orangeburg, SC—South Carolina State University will formally recognize over 800 student scholars who have achieved academic excellence at its annual spring Honors and Awards Convocation on Tuesday, April 3, 2007, at 3:00 pm in the Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center. The theme of this year’s convocation is: “Celebrating our Heritage, Building our Future”. The featured convocation keynote speaker will be newly elected South Carolina State Representative, the Honorable Bakari Sellers, whose District #90 covers portions of Bamberg, Barnwell and Orangeburg Counties.

Rep. Bakari Sellers was raised in the town of Denmark, South Carolina and has always been involved in the local community activity. Mr. Sellers graduated from the South Carolina public school system and then proceeded to Morehouse College of Atlanta, GA, where he earned a Bachelor of Arts degree. While at Morehouse College, Bakari was elected Student Government Association President, and by virtue of his position, served on the College’s Board of Trustees.

He now continues his education at the University of South Carolina Law School. Mr. Sellers began his journey in the realm of politics by working for United State Congressman James Clyburn, Atlanta Mayor Shirley Franklin, and the Southeastern Regional Director of the NAACP. These experiences have inspired him to engage in “not politics, but public service”.

The annual Honors and Awards Convocation is designed as an appropriate time to honor students who have distinguished themselves in scholarship and service. These distinctions are manifested through the attainment of Presidential Medallions, academic scholarships and induction into academic honors societies.

The Presidential Scholar Awards were initiated in 1977 by Dr. M. Maceo Nance, Jr., the fifth President of South Carolina State University. The underlying objectives for establishing the awards were: 1) to recognize students who demonstrate academic excellence; 2) to encourage those who demonstrate academic excellence to maintain and achieve higher levels of academic pursuits; 3) to provide symbolic recognition via the
Presidential Medallion; and 4) to provide an incentive to all students to achieve academic excellence.

A recipient of the Presidential Scholar Award must be a full-time, regularly enrolled, degree-seeking undergraduate at the University. To qualify for a medallion, freshmen and transfer students must not have taken any remedial courses that are prerequisites to degree programs. To qualify for a gold medallion, freshmen and transfer students must have averages of 3.94 TO 4.00. Medallions are awarded bases upon the following criteria for cumulative grade point averages: Bronze Medallion (3.00-3.49); Silver Medallion (3.50-3.74); Gold Medallion (3.5-4.00).

This program is open to the general public. For more information, please call the SCSU Office of University Relations and Marketing at 536-7061.