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Clinton College Celebrates 2024 Commencement Ceremony


Rock Hill, SC - On Friday, May 3rd, 2024, Clinton College held its highly anticipated 2024 Commencement Ceremony at the Bishop Kenneth Monroe Transformation Center in Rock Hill, South Carolina. The event was a vibrant celebration of culture, achievement, and the promise of a bright future.

As the African drums reverberated through the air, faculty, staff, and graduates processed down the aisles, embodying the decadent spirit of the occasion. The Clinton College Choir stirred hearts with their rendition of "Lift Every Voice and Sing," a powerful anthem of resilience and unity.

The ceremony began with scripture shared by Reverend Dr. Jeffrey Hayes, a distinguished member of the Clinton College Board of Trustees, followed by a heartfelt prayer led by Reverend Lakisha Gaston, an esteemed alumna of Clinton College. Reverend Dr. Hayes, in his address, emphasized that while graduation marked the end of one chapter, the journey ahead held countless unwritten pages. Drawing from Colossians chapter 3, his words inspired reflection and determination among the graduating class.

Ms. Miyaunna Cason, the salutatorian of the Class of 2024, extended a warm welcome to all attendees, setting the tone for a day of celebration and gratitude. Reverend Sadie Berry, the Class of 2024 Valedictorian, shared reflections that resonated deeply with her fellow graduates, encapsulating the collective experiences and aspirations of the cohort.

The ceremony's highlight was the commencement address delivered by Congressman Emanuel Cleaver, whose words of wisdom and encouragement left a lasting impression on all in attendance. Additionally, the Vice President of the United States of America conveyed a special message of congratulations to the Class of 2024 through a video address, recognizing their remarkable achievements and wishing them success in their future endeavors.

In a poignant moment, Clinton College conferred honorary Doctorate Degrees upon two distinguished individuals: Bishop Kenneth Monroe, the Senior Bishop of the A.M.E. Zion Church, and George Clinton, the great-great-grandson of Bishop Ism Clinton, the founder of Clinton College. Their exemplary contributions to society and unwavering educational commitment were honored and celebrated.

Dr. Lester A. McCorn, the 13th President of Clinton College, thanked Dr. George Clinton for his remarks and announced an exciting collaboration—Dr. Clinton's upcoming line of shoes, with half of the proceeds benefiting Clinton College, further strengthens the institution's mission of empowerment and education.

As the ceremony drew to a close, amidst cheers and applause, the Class of 2024 stepped into the next chapter of their lives, equipped with knowledge, resilience, and a profound sense of purpose. Clinton College's 2024 Commencement Ceremony was a milestone and a testament to the enduring spirit of excellence and determination that defines the Clinton community.

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