With degrees in hand, the Class of '93 return to their places in the auditorium as graduates of Chowan College.
Class of *93 members receive degrees
in last two-year college ceremonies
Graduates in the Class of 1993 were reminded of the
importance of education and advised to strive for excellence
as they received their associate degrees in ceremonies to close
Chowan College’s 145th year, which will be the last as a two-
year institution. Next year, Chowan will return to four-year
status and award the first baccalaureate degrees in approxi
mately 60 years.
Dr. Roy Smith, Executive-Treasurer of the Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina, delivered the commencement
address and told the graduates they had made a wise choice in
selecting Chowan as their institution for higher education, and
reflected on the history of the college as well as that of the local
Introduced by Dr. Jerry F. Jackson, president of Chowan,
Dr. Smith quoted an educator in the early part of the century.
Dr. Gerald Johnson, who said “if a college doesn’t teach a man
to think his own thoughts and speak his own mind, it doesn’t
teach him anything of prime importance.” He advised die
class tostriveforexcellence in faith, love,knowledge, judgment
Dr. Smith said that “values such as integrity, purity,
justice, mercy, social consciousness and righteousness have
meaning and significance as they are lived out.” He quoted
scriptures, saying “Jesus said that His disciple is one who
‘hears and does.’ It is ‘the doing’ that is important”
The commencement speaker concluded his address by
quoting the late Harold McLinton, who was a a member of the
Washington Redskins’ professional football team, who said:
“Talent is the gift of God. Talent used is sloth. Accomplish
ment beyond one’s abilities is true excellence.”
Dr. Smith has an extensive educational background, and
has diligently served North Carolina Baptists since 1954. He
has served in his present position with the Baptist State
Convention of North Carolina since 1984, and has written a
number of articles for church and religious publications.
Kenneth G. Wolfskill, chairman of the Department of
Language and Literature and faculty marshal, delivered the
invocation and devotional. Special music was provided by the
Chowan Band and Commencement Chorale.
In awarding the associate degrees. Dr. Jackson was assisted
by Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., Vice President for Academic
Affairs, and Darrell H. Nicholson, Registrar.
Excellence in Teaching
Award goes to Eakin
Professor Jenny “Sissy” Eakin was presented the 1993
Excellence in Teaching Award during Commencement Exer
cises, which were held in Turner Auditorium of McDowell
Columns. As recipient of the award. Professor Eakin will serve
as Faculty Marshal for the 1993-94 aca
demic year, and she received a framed
plaque and a monetary gift.
Dr. B. Franklin Lowe, Jr., Vice
President for Academic Affairs, made
the announcement and said the award is
based on “dedication to the profession
and the student, effectiveness as a teacher,
availability to students during and be
yond regular office hours and overall
Professor Edan relationship with the college and stu
dents.” The recipient of the teaching award is determined by the
majority vote of all full-time faculty members.
Mrs. Eakin, a native of Williamston and the daughter of
Darnell Taylor, is an assistant professor of mathematics and has
been a member of Chowan’s faculty since August, 1989. She
received the bachelor and masters degrees from North Carolina
State University, and has completed additional graduate study at
East Carolina University.
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