Sharon Crocker, from left, T.C. Waller and Marilyn Thomas
ROCK HILL, S.C. - Seniors Sharon Crocker, T.C. Waller and Marilyn Thomas received the Tillman Award at Winthrop University’s spring commencement exercises on May 7 at Winthrop Coliseum.
The Tillman Award is the university’s highest academic honor. Established in 1940 to honor former S.C. Governor Benjamin Ryan Tillman, the award recognizes the graduate who has most consistently met the demands of academic excellence.
Crocker, an elementary education major from Fort Mill, S.C., hopes to secure a job in the Rock Hill school district. She “absolutely” wants to become a teacher. Waller is a chemistry major from Lancaster, S.C., who will enter the University of Utah to earn a Ph.D. in biological chemistry. He would like to go into academics. Thomas, a human nutrition major from Raleigh, N.C., will head to Asia for a semester missions trip with the International Mission Board. She may attend graduate school when she returns.
The three were among 644 students given their degrees at the ceremony.