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08/11/2011

Principal of Indian Land Middle School Will Share His Experiences at Convocation

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 Convocation, traditionally held the day before classes begin, serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners.
 At Winthrop McDonald stays involved as first vice president of the Alumni Association, as a member of the Winthrop Fund Board and as a WAAV volunteer.

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David McDonald
ROCK HILL, S.C. – David McDonald ‘01, principal of Indian Land Middle School, will deliver the Aug. 22 Convocation keynote speech on how his experiences as a Winthrop student shaped his growth.

Convocation, traditionally held the day before classes begin, serves as an official welcome to new freshmen and their induction into the Winthrop community of learners. Offices will close at 3:45 p.m. so that all faculty and staff will be able to attend the 4 p.m. ceremony in Byrnes Auditorium.

During Winthrop’s Convocation ceremony, students will be welcomed to Rock Hill by Dalton Floyd, chair of the Board of Trustees; Doug Echols, mayor of Rock Hill; Kambrell Garvin, chair of the Council of Student Leaders; and Cliff Calloway, faculty representative.

Immediately following Convocation, President and Mrs. Anthony DiGiorgio will lead students out of Byrnes and toward Tillman Hall in the traditional Blue Line procession. The community picnic will follow on the lawn in front of Tillman Hall and Margaret Nance Hall at 5 p.m. The rain location for the picnic is the West Center.

A native of Lancaster, S.C., McDonald completed a history degree at Winthrop in 2001. He taught social studies at Lancaster High School and earned a master’s degree in educational leadership from Concordia University Wisconsin before taking administrative jobs.

He first worked as an assistant principal of Indian Land Elementary/Middle School and for the past four years has served as principal of Indian Land Middle School. In 2011, he was named runner up for the S.C. School Administrators Association Middle Level Principal of the Year.

At Winthrop McDonald stays involved as first vice president of the Alumni Association, as a member of the Winthrop Fund Board and as a WAAV volunteer. He was honored by the university as the 2008 Outstanding Young Alumni Award recipient for his dedication to the campus and his community.

The Lancaster resident is working on a doctor of educational leadership degree at the University of South Carolina.

For more information about Convocation, contact the Office of the President at 803/323-4682.

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