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Citadel News Service
For Release
February 13, 2002

Citadel College of Graduate and Professional
Studies names commencement speaker

           Mary Thornley, president of Trident Technical College, will deliver The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies commencement address on Sunday, May 5, 2002.

          More than 100 undergraduate and graduate students are expected to receive their diplomas during the 2 p.m. ceremony.

          Thornley, a James Island resident, holds a doctorate of education in curriculum and instruction from the University of South Carolina; a master of arts in teaching English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; and a bachelor of arts in English and French from Mars Hill College, North Carolina.

          In April of 2000, Thornley received the prestigious Milliken Medal of Quality Award from the South Carolina Quality Forum. In 1996, she received the Barbara H. James Presidential Award for Outstanding Contributions to Tech Prep in South Carolina and in 1992 she received the Martha Kime Piper Award from the South Carolina Women in Higher Education Administration for outstanding contributions to advancing women in higher education.

          She is active professionally with the American Association of Community Colleges Presidents Academy, the National Commission on the High School Senior Year, Council on Colleges for the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, South Carolina Technical Education System Presidents Council and South Carolina Association of Colleges and Universities.

          Locally she has served as president for Trident United Way and Rotary Club of North Charleston and is affiliated with the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce, Charleston Regional Development Alliance, Charleston Education Network, The Education Foundation, Trident Area Consortium for the Technologies, and Trident Workforce Investment Board.

          Founded in 1966 as the co-educational Evening College, the College of Graduate and Professional Studies offers 20 graduate programs and three undergraduate programs, including the only nationally accredited MBA program in the Lowcountry. Today, CGPS has more than 6,000 alumni and 1,100 students enrolled in its programs.

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