SWU Celebrates Fall 2022 Graduates
Southern Wesleyan University awarded degrees to fall 2022 graduates
CENTRAL, S.C. – On December 9, Southern Wesleyan University celebrated both on campus and online graduates at Newton Hobson Chapel and Fine Arts Center Auditorium on the main campus in Central, South Carolina. The ceremony honored all our fall 2022 graduates.
In addition to the graduates receiving their degrees, Rev. Heath Mullikin, director of alumni relations, presented each graduate with a SWU coin and Rev. Ken Dill, associate vice president for spiritual life and university chaplain, presented them with a towel embroidered with the university seal – a symbol of servant leadership.
The following active duty service members or military veterans were honored with red, white, and blue tassels and were specially recognized during the ceremonies:
Southern Wesleyan also celebrated the first class of graduates from the D. Clifton Wood Master of Science in Counseling Psychology. Dr. Steven Hayduk, Chair of Benson School of Business and Social Sciences , says, “We are excited to offer the D. Clifton Wood Master of Science in Counseling Psychology program, as part of our efforts to contribute to and strengthen our community, especially in the much-needed area of mental health services.”
The graduation speaker was Dr. Elizabeth Childs Drury, Southern Wesleyan University alumnus. Dr. Drury graduated from SWU in 1993 with a BA in English, completed an MA in Linguistics from the University of South Carolina, and earned a Ph.D. in Intercultural Education from Biola University. Called to help the church do intercultural ministry better, she has lived in four countries, has served as a missionary and as a missions executive, and founded Vibrancy Intercultural to help others succeed, both in diverse local contexts and abroad. An ordained Wesleyan minister, she has also served since 1996 through church ministry, speaking, preaching, writing, and more. She currently serves Wesley Seminary and SWU through course creation, teaching, and intercultural subject matter expertise, and she chairs a board overseeing ministerial credentialing and development. She and her husband, Scott, have been married for 30 years this month, have four sons, and have loved serving the SWU community since 2018.
The ceremony included the university brass ensemble performing the prelude for the ceremony, Mr. Devon Broome led the graduates in the processional playing the bagpipes, and Lori Shelton, professor of music, performed the prelude and processional. Dr. Mildred Williams gave the invocation; while Dr. Don Campbell led the guests in the hymn Joy to the World. The University Singers He Leadeth Me, arranged by The Martins and Amen, arranged by David Wise. Cameron Spear read scripture, Rev. Ken Dill, led the litany of servanthood. Dr. William Barker conferred degrees and then Dr. Michael Tapper prayed over the students and gave the benediction.
Associate of Arts
Bachelor of Arts
Bachelor of Science
Ainsley Avant Stanley
Early Childhood and Family Studies
Early Childhood Education
Keisha Chesney Holcombe
Denise Henderson Vazquez
Recreation and Sport Management
Hayleigh Von Ins
Master of Business Administration
Master of Education
Administration and Supervision
e-Learning and Instructional Design
Master of Science
Master of Science
Management and Leadership
Doctor of Education
Curriculum and Assessment
Tresa Milligan Hart
Southern Wesleyan University is a Christ-centered, student-focused, faith-filled community that offers inventive learning experiences. The university endeavors to prepare its students to be dedicated scholars and servant-leaders who impact the world for Christ. For details about degree programs, go online to swu.edu.