Weeks to Deliver 2010 Commencement Address

  The Annual Commencement Convocation for the Morris College Class of 2010 will be held at the Sumter County Exhibition Center at 10 a.m. on May 8. In addition to the conferring of approximately one hundred forty baccalaureate degrees, graduates will hear a much anticipated address by the Honorable J. David Weeks, State Representative, District 51.

   Aside from serving in the South Carolina House of Representatives, Weeks is a distinguished alumnus who serves as Vice Chairman of the Morris College Board of Trustees and as an attorney.

   When he reflects on his Morris College experiences, he fondly shares many stories of his days as a student and an employee, and why he ultimately loves his alma mater. From the board member perspective, Weeks states, “My perspective as a board member is enhanced by the fact that I was not only observing the positive transition Morris was making, but I was (and still is) a part of it.”

   At the close of the upcoming commencement address, Weeks indicates what he hopes the graduates will absorb from his message is, “I want them to remember they are standing on the shoulders of giants. I want them to understand they have received a good education from a quality institution.”

   A 1975 graduate of Morris College, he furthered his education at Howard University where he earned a Master of Education degree, the Juris Doctor of Law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law, and the Bachelor of Divinity degree from the former Morris College School of Religion. In 2009, the college conferred upon him the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.