Ashton Rider graduates from CCU

By: Special to The Union Times

CONWAY — Ashton Rider of Pacolet earned a Master of Business Administration in business administration from Coastal Carolina University on Aug. 3, 2018, during the summer commencement ceremony.

More than 380 students were eligible to participate in the University’s summer commencement program. Jen E. Boyle, Ph.D., an English professor and the 2018 HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer, gave the commencement address.

Boyle spoke on the topic of “Truth and Truth Telling,” relating this theme to her work as a professor of English and her specialty in new media. She described the importance and the challenges involved in searching for and interpreting truth in contemporary life. She encouraged the graduates to hold on to those moments from their collegiate education when they experienced decisive insights into truth.

“Write that peer, faculty or staff member that was part of some transversal truth, large or small, and let them know,” she said. “Because I can tell you it’s those moments that keep me getting up in the morning to collectively share this sometimes stumbling and difficult pursuit of truth with you. Speak your truths.”

Boyle, this year’s recipient of the HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award, teaches and writes about questions of media transformation and theories of mediation. Her scholarship and teaching explore “new” media objects and performance; bodies and technology; and the virtual and material flows of objects and information through networks, from the 17th century to the digital present.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 74 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 21 graduate-level programs are 18 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

More than 10,600 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 160 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

For more information, visit coastal.edu.

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With a Master of Business Administration

Special to The Union Times