Williamsburg—On May 9, University of the Cumberlands conferred 815 degrees during its commencement ceremony: 227 bachelor’s degrees, 540 master’s degrees and 18 doctorate degrees.
The degrees conferred also included three associates degrees and 27 education specialists.
Billy Kim, chairman of the Far East Broadcasting Company in Korea, gave the commencement address.
During the 2014-15 academic year, the University conferred a total of 1,376 degrees making this the most successful year in Cumberlands’ history.
Cumberland undergraduate students are required to complete a minimum of 40 hours of community service before graduation, and those who complete a minimum of 200 service hours are named Hutton Scholars. The class of 2015 contributed a total of 25,705 hours of community service.
The H. N. and Frances Berger Awards for the outstanding female and male members of the graduating class went to Sarah England, of Versailles, and Cory Clark, of Seymour, Tenn. The awards recognize students who have exhibited sound academic achievement combined with superior leadership and service to the college community and the larger community.
Three students were named Presidential Scholars for their accomplishments in research: Shelby Gibbons, of Hamersville, Ohio; Mallory Harper Hamm, of Mt. Vernon; and Amanda Newquist, of Corbin.
Sarah England received the George S. Munro Memorial Prize in Pre-Medical Studies, which is awarded in recognition of academic excellence and effort to the graduating senior pre-medical student who has achieved the highest grade-point average. (UC)