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College to Confer Inaugural Master’s Degrees

August 10, 2022


NEWBERRY — Newberry College will confer degrees upon its inaugural master’s degree candidates. The commencement exercises will take place Aug. 27 at 10 a.m. at Holland Hall, on the college campus.


The exercises will celebrate the first candidates for the Master of Science degree in organizational development and leadership. This commencement comes a year after the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges approved an accreditation level change for Newberry College to offer graduate degrees.


The event’s keynote speaker is Holly Whitfield, executive director of the Alliance for Full Acceptance. The Charleston-based nonprofit provides cultural competency training for organizations, funding for LGBTQ youth-serving organizations, and legislative advocacy support. Whitfield also joins Newberry College as executive-in-residence for the organizational development and leadership program.


Whitfield is a Ph.D. candidate in industrial and organizational psychology at Keiser University. She holds a master’s degree in leadership from Pfeiffer University; a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Nova Southeastern University; and a bachelor’s in education from Indiana University.


The degrees will be the first graduate-level diplomas conferred by Newberry College in 94 years. Between 1885 and 1928, the college awarded 54 master’s degrees, in subjects including chemistry, Greek, history, Latin, mathematics, natural sciences, philosophy and physics.


A recording of the commencement exercises will be shared after the ceremony on Newberry College's YouTube channel.

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