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Benedict College’s 2nd Lieutenant Clifton J. Burns Voted the Top Cadet of Gamecock Battalion

Burn is graduating Summa Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from Benedict College and is the Distinguished Military Graduate from USC Army ROTC

COLUMBIA, SC – May 10, 2019 Today, Benedict College graduating senior 2nd Lieutenant Clifton J. Burns was commissioned at the University of South Carolina and voted the Top Cadet of the Gamecocks Battalion. He received the Distinguished Military Graduate from USC Army ROTC award. 2nd Lt Burns is the first Distinguished Military Graduate from Benedict College. 2nd Lt. Burns is graduating with Summa Cum Laude honors from Benedict College in Interdisciplinary Studies on Saturday, May 12. 

The guest speaker for the Commissioning Ceremony was Retired Colonel Frank McClary.  (pictured on the left) Colonel McClary is a 1986 graduate of Benedict College and is currently the newly elected Mayor of his hometown, Andrews, SC. 

Dr. Bobby Donaldson will give the keynote address during the149th Commencement ceremony that will take place on Saturday, May 11, 2019 at 8:00 a.m. at the Charlie W. Johnson stadium. 

Benedict College

Benedict College will be a leader in providing transformative learning experiences for a diverse student body, defined by superior cultural, and professional competencies that are nurtured and developed by faculty, staff, and stakeholders who value innovation, customer service, community, and industry engagement. 

Founded in 1870, Benedict College is approaching its 150 years of providing high quality academic programs to students who desire to pursue their program of study in a diverse academic environment.  

Benedict College offers its students transformative academic programs, in an innovative, technology enhanced, student focused, culturally sensitive learning environment.  The College is committed to preparing students to enter the global marketplace with exceptional cultural and professional competencies that will enable them to contribute to the sustainability and economic growth of their communities.  

Benedict offers 25 high-demand academic programs, including, Computer Science, Engineering, Cyber Security, Mass Communication, Sport Management, Business Administration, Criminal Justice, Biology and Education. 

In addition to its academic programs, Benedict College is home to the standard-setting Career Pathways Initiative (CPI) program that is strategically designed to prepare Benedict College students for success in a rapidly changing, highly competitive and technology driven workplace. CPI’s mission is to transform student scholars into focused, highly skilled critical thinkers, who are experts in their field of study and, more importantly, are intellectually adept and resilient enough to assume jobs that do not yet exist!

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