LAKELAND, Fla. (Dec. 22,
2003) - Two hundred twenty-four Florida Southern College students
received diplomas at mid-year graduation ceremonies Saturday in
Branscomb Auditorium. The Reverend Doctor Robert M. Gibbs, senior
minister at First United Methodist Church, Lakeland, Fla., delivered
the commencement address.
Graduating Saturday were 118 seniors from the college's traditional
day program, 39 from the Lakeland evening program, and 59 from the
Orlando program. Eight students received their MBA's. Honors went
to 53 graduates, with 20 summa cum laude, 18 magna cum laude, and
15 cum laude.
James Quinton Rumph, retired attorney and trustee emeritus of Florida
Southern College, received an honorary Doctor of Public Service
degree in recognition of his career of service to the community
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.