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Livingstone College Class of 1967 Golden Graduates

As Livingstone College said farewell to the Class of 2017 during its commencement services, the institution welcomed home its former students who engaged in similar activities 50 years ago. The 2017 Golden Graduates of Livingstone College is the graduating Class of 1967.

For the seasoned group of Blue Bears, events began Thursday, May 4, with a welcome reception. On Friday, attendees were able to experience additions to the college as they attended a luncheon at the newest on-campus facility, the Events and Hospitality Center, and toured a recent purchase of the college, the School of Hospitality and Management on Jake Alexander Boulevard, formally Holiday Inn. In the evening of May 5, Golden Graduates attended the Baccalaureate Service and casually dined following the event. The culmination of weekend activities was the 134th Commencement Ceremony whereas over 30 Livingstone College alumni, dressed in golden academic regalia, walked across the stage to shake the hand of the current president, Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., and Board of Trustee members. With a golden beam, the graduates were acknowledged for their milestone achievement and commitment to their alma mater.

Class Agent Cynthia Davis McKoy who currently resides Raleigh, North Carolina, reflected on her time beneath thy maples and thy oaks during the presidency of Dr. Samuel E. Duncan. At the age of 16, she began her matriculation at Livingstone College as a Social Studies major. McKoy recalls, “This was the best place to be,” as she reflected on the friendships she made throughout her undergraduate years. Although she was elected as the Class of 1967’s agent 20 years ago and frequently visits the college during homecoming and various activities, as a participant in the Golden Graduate events she confessed, “This feels great. It seems like I was here as a student just yesterday.”

Steeped in tradition, commencement is one of the most honored and revered events of the year for Livingstonians. It is a time to recognize students for the journey they have completed and celebrate the one they are beginning. Livingstone College has many distinguished alumni to celebrate in this class who are still journeying on roads of success. To name a few, Dr. Carolyn Wilkerson Duncan is an educator, author and current Vice President for Academic Affairs at Livingstone College. Dr. Brenda Galloway Smith serves as a Board of Trustee member at Hood Theological Seminary and Alfred Tyler, a great athlete at Livingstone College is a retired professional football player. Rounding out the class are;

John C. Abercrombie (Richland, WA), William C. Abernathy Jr. (Wilmington, DE), Dr. Carolyn Anderson (Winston-Salem, NC), Sandra Smith Baker (Adelphi, MD), Robert Bennett (Fayetteville, NC), Queen E. Brown (Charlotte, NC), Valeria F. Campbell (Statesville, NC), Carol Eichelberger-Pernell (Dover, DE), Harriett Wilks Grant (Cary, NC), Delores Guy (Upper Marlboro, MD), Carolyn Lee Hart (College Park, GA), Shirley L. Holt (Landis, NC), Agnes D. Howard (Pleasantville, NJ), Willie Jean Kennedy (Salisbury, NC), Lorraine Cohen Lee (Charlotte, NC), Joyce T.R. Lofton (Baltimore, MD), John A. McCollough (East Spencer, NC), Clara Harley McNeil (Red Springs, NC), Mattie McKinney Miller (Charlotte, NC), Millicent A. Lomax Philbrook (Pittsburg, NH), Dr. Bobby Rorie (Stone Mountain, GA), Mary Henderson Sellers (High Point, NC), Betty Brannon Simon (High Point, NC), Andrew Spencer Smith (Charlotte, NC), Alice Faye Davis Sutton (Sneads Ferry, NC), Monnie Flack Swepson (Wilmington, NC), Millus H. Turman (Fort Mill, SC), Frances Siler Wilcox (Salisbury, NC), Bernice H. Wilkins (Townsville, NC), Dorothy Edwards Williams (Spartanburg, SC) and Barbara Herbert Wynn (The Villages, FL).

Livingstone College is grateful for the commitment and connection with its alumni.

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