FLORENCE, S.C. (August 17, 2020) – Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) spring commencement, that was originally scheduled for May of this year has been rescheduled to Tuesday, October 27 at the Florence Center. Summer 2020 graduates will also walk across the stage during Commencement.
This year’s Commencement will be split into two ceremonies. Commencement for allied health graduates will begin at 5 p.m., followed by a separate ceremony for technical graduates beginning at 7 p.m. Each graduate will be given four tickets for family and guests to attend.
Everyone in attendance will be required to wear a mask and social distance. Upon arrival, graduates will not gather in the traditional staging area. Instead, each graduate will go immediately to the Commencement floor and locate their assigned seat. After walking across the stage, students must return to their seat for degrees to be confirmed, and then they will exit at the end of commencement as outlined in the program.
This year’s Commencement speaker is Bishop Michael A. Blue, who has been in ministry since 1980. Bishop Blue was born in North Carolina, but he was raised in South Carolina. He is a 25-year award-winning educator, and he and his wife Malinda founded The Door of Hope Christian Church in Marion, SC.
In 1997, he was consecrated to the bishopric; and since 2000, Bishop Blue has led the Covenant Fellowship of Ministry (CCFM). He is also the author of Building Credibility in Leadership: Principles for Secondary Leaders that was published by Creation House in 2011. He is also the author of numerous pamphlets and study guides.
Bishop Blue holds a Doctor of Divinity from Cathedral Bible College and a Doctor of Humanities from Francis Marion University. In May 2016, he was awarded the Governor’s Ambassador of Economic Development Award, and in March 2017, he was honored as an Outstanding Alumnus at Francis Marion University.