ROCK HILL, S.C. - Senior Christine Nicodem of Fort Mill, S.C., received the Tillman Award at Winthrop University’s fall commencement exercises on Dec. 15 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. Nicodem, who majored in chemistry, said she will take a year off from school while her daughter finishes high school. She then plans to study to become a naturopathic doctor.
“I’ve decided what I want to be when I grow up,” she joked on Saturday.
Nicodem was one of about 300 students given their degrees at the ceremony. Some graduates from August also participated.