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! When Pembroke Stele
Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. in the
Jones Health and Physical Education
l enter, the No. 1 honors graduate
junong the undergraduate students will
be Mrs Gloria Harrell Cook of
On that day 4S6 undergraduate
students and 70 graduate students will
receive degrees, meaning a record
total of 526 will graduate
; Speaker for the occasion will be
Charlie Gaddy. anchor for Raleigh
W RAL-TV's 5 and 6 p.m news.
The commencement will include
the presentation of three Dr. Adolph L
Dial Distinguished Professor Awards
tor: teaching excellence, creative
Work, and service to the community,
jkn honorary doctorate will also be
Not only is Mrs. Cook the top
graduate, she is graduating in one of
PSU's toughest majors: accounting.
She is the recipient of the Alpha Chi
Honor Medal, which goes to the top
graduating senior from that
organization, the highest academic
Society on campus.
Her plans are to enter a Ph.D.
program working toward her doctorate
in strategical management. Among
<he institutions to which she has applied
u UNC-OmmI Hill
Mrs. Cook iscoeofPSU's "older"
students and is the mother ofa three
Mrs. Cookisnuuried to Lawrence D
Cook, who is so assistant district
engfidAtor the N.C Department of
Transportation and stationed in
It was while aa administrative
assistant to the town manager of Red
Springs, where she used to live, that
Mrs. Cook decided to earn her college
She started at PSU in 1986, eight
years ago. But in the midst of her
studies, she had her child and had to
curtail her studies to be more at home
with the child during those important
formative yean of me child.
Last fall, Mrs. Cook began
embarking on a full load of courses,
taking 18 semester houn last fall and
18 again this spring
Her ultimate goal is hopefully "to
teach at a university and do research at
Asked if she has been surprised at
her success in competing with the 18
22 age students, Mrs. Cook, "Yes, I
have been surprised thai 1 have done
pretty well. But let me say that the
younger students have been most
acceptive of me. They have
appreciated my efforts to make good
She also expressed appreciation
for the supportive efforts of the PSU
professors in die Department of
Business Administration and
Economics, particularly Dr. Douglas
Schetl and OUie Bishop
The more I found out, the more I
wanted to learn," she said. The secret
to her success as a student?
"Dedication and hard work," Mrs.
Cook replied. She agrees that making
good grades is not so much I.Q. as "I
do." She also agrees with PSU
Chancellor Joseph Oxendine that the
harder you work, the luckier you get.
The (laughter ot 1 ranees and Afvin
Hanell of Wilmington. Mrs. Cook
in Wilmington, from which she
graduated, she was a member of the
National Honor Society, the
Thespians, the Student Government,
and the Latin Club
Her entire family will be beaming
with pride as she marches to "Pomp
and Circumstance" as PSU's No. 1
graduate come May 7.
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