DENMARK, S.C. (courtesy voorhees.edu) — In its May 6 commencement exercises, Voorhees University conferred its first-ever Master of Education degrees to seven graduate students. Seventy undergraduates also received degrees during the ceremony in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center.
The Honorable Randall Woodfin, mayor of Birmingham, Al., delivered the commencement address. A rising star in the Democratic Party, Woodfin is the youngest elected mayor of Birmingham in over 120 years. His mayoral focus has been to revitalize the city’s 99 neighborhoods by fostering a climate of economic opportunity for all residents and leveraging public-private partnerships to improve the quality of life. He is currently serving his second term as the city’s CEO.
Voorhees University President Ronnie Hopkins lauds this year’s commencement exercises as both historic and groundbreaking. “We are excited that our first cohort of graduate students receiving degrees will be able to return to their communities better equipped to shape and mold the young minds in their classrooms,” he said. “It is gratifying to know that all our graduates, at both the baccalaureate and master’s levels, are entering their next level of excellence in pursuit of their personal and professional endeavors,” he added.