Furman University holds 2018 graduation exercises
GREENVILLE–Furman University awarded 623 undergraduate and master’s degrees and presented its top academic honors during graduation exercises Saturday, May 5 in Paladin Stadium. Nicole H. Hyman, daughter of W. Carole Holloway and Mal J. Hyman of Hartsville was among the graduates.The Scholarship Cup, given to the outstanding scholars of the senior class, was awarded to Nikita Girish Deshpande, a neuroscience major from Simpsonville, and Carol Ann Lewis, a mathematics major from Greer. The Donaldson-Watkins and the Bradshaw-Feaster Medals for General Excellence are awarded each year by the faculty to outstanding senior graduates. Deshpande received the Donaldson-Watkins Medal, while the Bradshaw-Feaster Medal was awarded to Noah Carroll Zimmerman, a philosophy and politics and international affairs major from Camden. The university also presented the Alester G. Furman, Jr., and Janie Earle Furman awards for meritorious teaching and advising. The teaching awards went to William A. Ranson, professor of earth and environmental sciences, and Lynne P. Shackelford, professor of English. The advising awards were presented to Erin R. Hahn, associate professor of psychology, and Derek J. Parsons, professor of music. The Meritorious Award for Diversity and Inclusion was presented to Allyson Brown, director of diversity and transfer recruitment, and Scott Salzman, associate librarian. Frances Ligler, a 1972 Furman graduate and the Lampe Distinguished Professor in the UNC/NC State Joint Department of Biomedical Engineering, served as commencement speaker. She was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science degree. The student speaker was graduate Lexie Harvey, a politics and international affairs major from Brentwood, Tennessee.