||Outgoing CCU President Ronald R. Ingle and wife Judy
A total of 726 students participated in Coastal Carolina University's
commencement ceremony Saturday, May 5 at Brooks Stadium.
Commencement speaker Ronald R. Ingle, outgoing CCU president, gave a highly personal address about the importance of
cultivating and appreciating a sense of place.
"I love this place," said Ingle, who served as president for 14 years
and as vice chancellor for academic affairs prior to becoming president. ".
. . Its cultural forms, its idiosyncrasies and quirks, its passion for and
commitment to learning. From the moment I set foot on campus in the fall of
1988 to this day, I've been touched by the soul of Coastal Carolina. I have
been paid to nurture this institution, In retrospect, however, I am the one
who has been nurtured."
Three students received for the President's Award for Academic
Achievement, which recognizes students with the highest cumulative grade
point averages. The recipients of the award, who all held 4.0 GPAs, were:
Anthony Franklin of Simpsonville, a football player with a bachelor's degree
in mathematics; Jennifer Ortiz of Stafford, Va., with a bachelor's degree in
health promotion; and Stacey Trevathan of Antioch, Tenn., with two
bachelor's degrees, in marine science and biology. All three graduates plan
to seek higher degrees in their respective fields.
Receiving honorary degrees were: James C. Benton Sr., Myrtle Beach
businessman, Doctor of Public Service; Maj. Gen. James F. Hackler Jr.,
retired Air Force commander and civic leader, Doctor of Public Service;
Josephine Humphreys, novelist, Doctor of Humane Letters; and Judith K.
Ingle, an educator of 32 years and wife of Coastal's president, Doctor of
Six retiring faculty members were recognized during the ceremony. They
are: Gerald K. Boyles, distinguished professor emeritus; William R,
Hamilton, emeritus professor; Charles W. Joyner, distinguished professor
emeritus; Richard A. Koesterer, emeritus professor; Virginia B. Levsen,
emeritus professor; and Randall A. Wells, distinguished professor emeritus.