holds spring commencement
LAKELAND, Fla. (April
29, 2003) - Two hundred eighty-nine Florida Southern College students
received diplomas during two spring graduation ceremonies Saturday.
Students receiving degrees during the morning baccalaureate service
included 37 from the Orlando program, 14 from the Lakeland evening
program, and 2 from the graduate program. Fourteen students graduated
with honors, with 3 summa cum laude, 5 magna cum laude, and 6 cum
The Rev. Teresa L. Hill, co-pastor of Isle of Faith United Methodist
Church in Jacksonville, offered the baccalaureate sermon. A 1979
graduate of Florida Southern, Hill has served as pastor of churches
in Gainesville, Orlando, the Melbourne area, and Jacksonville and
is a former Jacksonville District superintendent.
The afternoon commencement for 236 Lakeland day students was held
in the Jenkins Field House. Honors went to 67 graduates, with 22
summa cum laude, 15 magna cum laude, and 30 cum laude.
Attorney T. Terrell Sessums, a partner in Salem Saxon, P.A., delivered
the commencement address. Sessums has been a member of the FSC Board
of Trustees since 1989 and currently serves as chairman. He was
a member of the Florida House of Representatives from 1963-1974
and served on the Florida Board of Regents from 1979-1988.
Note to the Editor: The attached list includes full names of graduates
with information about degree type, major, academic honors, and
parent or spouse names (when available).
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.