College graduations start this weekend

  • Posted: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:13 a.m.
    UPDATED: Thursday, May 2, 2013 12:14 a.m.
Last year, Deon Cuffie-Joseph  from Salisbury raises his arm in praise as he walks across the stage during the graduation ceremony in Keppel Auditorium.
Last year, Deon Cuffie-Joseph from Salisbury raises his arm in praise as he walks across the stage during the graduation ceremony in Keppel Auditorium.

SALISBURY — Preparations are underway for this weekend’s graduation ceremony at Livingstone College.

Just one week later, it will then be time for graduating students at Catawba College and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College to walk across the stage.


The Livingstone College commencement exercise begins at 10 a.m. this Saturday in Alumni Memorial Stadium. About 120 students will be graduating in total.

On May 11, Rowan-Cabarrus Community College will hold its graduation ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, located off Highway 49 in Concord. The ceremony will include fall 2012, spring 2013 and summer 2013 graduates.

Catawba College also will hold a 10 a.m. exercise on May 11 for the 193 students graduating from the traditional day program.

Later that day, Catawba will award 86 baccalaureate degrees and eight M.Ed. degrees in a 2 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the School of Evening and Graduate Studies.

The Whitener Awards, given annually to the top academic male and female in the traditional program’s graduating class, will be presented during the 10 a.m. exercise. The Barbara Andrews Award, given annually to the top academic student in the evening program, will be presented during the 2 p.m. exercise.

The O.B. Michael Award will be presented to 1961 Catawba alumnus Dr. William Guy Rich during the 10 a.m. exercise. Rich, who earned his master’s degree from Wake Forest College (now a university) and his doctorate from the College of William & Mary, is a retired electronics engineer from the Naval Surface Weapons Center.

The O. B. Michael Award has been presented annually since 1938 by the Catawba College board of directors of the Alumni Association. It is given to a graduate of the College who has made an outstanding contribution to the college and/or the larger society.

Graduates and their families are invited to gather and visit over lemonade on the front lawn of the Robertson College-Community Center following each ceremony at Catawba, weather permitting.

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