Commencement Planned for December 17th at Winthrop Coliseum

Winthrop University’s Dec. 17 Commencement exercises will celebrate the graduation of more than 300 students at Winthrop Coliseum.

Nearly 250 undergraduates from the four colleges will receive their degrees, while nearly 80 students will receive master’s or specialist degrees during the 11 a.m. ceremony.

President Dan Mahony will preside during the event, as well as give the keynote address. The university also will present the Kinard Award for teaching to Michael Matthews, an associate professor of management in the College of Business Administration.

Rock Hill residents who are not attending the event on Saturday may want to stay away from the Winthrop Coliseum area due to the heavy traffic anticipated. Traffic lines are expected from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. along Eden Terrace.

Signs will be posted along Eden Terrace near the coliseum encouraging those not attending to take a different route. Those who live on Eden Terrace between Richmond Drive and Bradley Street will be given access to their residences.

For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will be available via a live stream beginning at 10:45 a.m. EST on YouTube. Please visit the university’s homepage and click on the “Commencement Information” graphic to access the video and other important information regarding commencement. 

For more information on Commencement, contact Judy Longshaw, news and media services manager, at 803/323-2404 or

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