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Nearly 300 to get degrees at FMU commencement

December 15, 2017 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. – Nearly 300 graduate and undergraduate degrees will be conferred at Francis Marion University’s commencement ceremony at 10 a.m. Saturday in the Smith University Center gymnasium.

There will be more than 80 degrees conferred within health care fields. This will be one of the largest groups of students to graduate from the university with health-care-related degrees.

Francis Marion University will award honorary degrees to Kodwo Ghartey-Tagoe, Duke Energy’s state president for South Carolina operations, and South Carolina Family Court Judge Melissa J. Buckhannon.

Ghartey-Tagoe will deliver the commencement address.

Ghartey-Tagoe is a native of Ghana. Ghartey-Tagoe assumed his current position in 2017. He is responsible for maintaining the financial performance of Duke Energy’s electric utilities in South Carolina and managing community, state and local affairs for one of the country’s largest electric holding companies.

Buckhannon was elected to the South Carolina Family Court Bench in 2014. Her election by the South Carolina legislature followed a 19-year career as a lawyer in Horry County. Buckhannon also served as a member of the FMU Board of Trustees from 1998 to 2013.