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Lander University announces Fall 2021 graduates; many are from Lexington County

Lexington County, SC 01/19/2022 (Paul Kirby) - Lander University, located in Greenwood, SC, conferred both bachelors and masters degrees upon 198 students during the University’s 164th commencement ceremony on December 15, 2021. Dr. Jonathan Bassett, a psychology professor and chair of Lander's Department of Psychological Science and Human Services, delivered the keynote address during two formal programs held inside Finis Horne Arena.

The Fall Class of 2021 includes graduates from local communities and cities in the state of South Carolina and across the U.S., as well as internationally. This class also included a number of graduates from here in Lexington County.

Some of the graduates received their degree with honors for their academic achievements. These honors included:

  • Summa cum laude is a distinction awarded to graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.90 or higher.

  • Magna cum laude is a distinction awarded to graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.89.

  • Cum laude is a distinction awarded to graduates with a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.74.

  • Golden L. Award is given to graduates who earned a cumulative GPA of 3.50 or higher, during the last 60 hours of instruction at Lander.

  • Thayer Award is given to the graduate with the highest grade point average of any member of the University's graduating class for Fall 2021.

The Lexington County graduates include:

Batesburg-Leesville, South Carolina

Kaitlyn Anderson, B.S. in Exercise Science; Monica Cannon, B.S. in Exercise Science; and Benjamin Chase O'Dell

Chapin, South Carolina

Evan Hatch, B.S. in Computer Information Systems; Caroline Jenkins, B.S. in Psychology; and Karoline Zeigler, B.S. in History.

Gilbert, South Carolina

Blythe Faulkner, B.S. in Early Childhood Education, Golden L. Award; Ty Gray, B.S. in Business Administration; and Leanne McCune, B.S. in Criminology.

Irmo, South Carolina

Virginia Wessinger, B.S. in Exercise Science.

Leesville, South Carolina

Paige Kaiser, B.S. in Psychology, cum laude and Golden L. Award.

Lexington, South Carolina

Megan Blakley, B.S. in Psychology, Golden L. Award; Phoenix Henke, B.S. in Criminology, Golden L. Award; Chloe Fink, B.S. in Human Services, cum laude and Golden L. Award; Haley Rabon, B.S. in Health Promotion and Wellness, cum laude and Golden L. Award; Ericka Sims, B.S. in Exercise Science; Caleb Snelling, B.S. in Chemistry; Alixandria Stiles, B.S. in Interdisciplinary Studies, cum laude and Golden L. Award; and Denver Truesdale, B.S. in Business Administration, magna cum laude and Golden L. Award.

West Columbia, South Carolina

Isaiah Daley, B.S. in Visual Arts; and Karla Luevano-Santana, B.S. in Nursing, cum laude and Golden L. Award.

Lander University was founded in 1872 and is a state-assisted, four-year institution that serves approximately 3,800 students. The institution offers over 90 areas of study in the liberal arts and sciences, with professional programs in STEM, education, business and nursing. You can learn more about Lander by checking out their website at

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