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|3 PM||Ceremony begins|
|9 AM||Check-in begins|
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|2 PM||Check-in begins|
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All students who completed their coursework between August 2016 and July 2017 are invited to participate in commencement. Students must register prior to Thursday, June 1, 2017 in order to participate in the commencement ceremony.
To register, please click here.
Students participating in commencement need to bring their cap, gown and hood (for Master's students) with them to the ceremony. Caps and gowns can be ordered here.
To request accommodations in connection with this event, contact the Associate Dean of Students in advance at 912.201.8021 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Honors cords and medallions are purchased by the University for students participating in the commencement ceremony ONLY. Ropes and medallions are considered regalia and are for the sole purpose of recognizing students with academic excellence during the ceremony.
|Summa Cum Laude||GPA 3.90 - 4.0||Orange Rope|
|Magna Cum Laude||GPA 3.70 - 3.89||White Rope|
|Cum Laude||GPA 3.50 - 3.69||Gold Rope|
|High Honors||GPA 3.90 - 4.0||Medallion with Gold Ribbon|
|Honors||GPA 3.75 - 3.89||Medallion with Gold/White Ribbon|
Honors society ropes are provided by the individual society, not
South University. Please contact any honor societies you are part of to request cords.
If you are a graduate with disability and you need assistance receiving your diploma or participating in the commencement ceremony or a guest has a special accomodation request related to a disability, please contact:
Craig Tootle, Associate Dean of Students
Raised in Houston, Texas, Dr. Rudolph served in the Army completing his studies as a licensed practical nurse at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia. He worked as a chief line medic in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969 where he received the Bronze Star for valor. After eight years as an LPN, he entered the Physician Assistant Program at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, graduating in 1976. His first assignment as a Physician Assistant brought him to South Dakota to serve the Sioux Nation at Lower Brule for four years. Dr. Rudolph then had the opportunity to attend the University of South Dakota, where he earned both his undergraduate and medical degrees. He completed his surgical residency training at Memorial Health University Medical Center in Savannah, Georgia where he joined the faculty upon graduation in 1991. Dr. Rudolph received his master’s degree in public health from Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah in 2004.
In 2001, he and Dr. Paula Denita established the Center for Breast Care, the first practice in the region dedicated exclusively to care of the women with breast problems. He was nominated for the Association of Medical Colleges Humanism in Medicine Award in 2008, received the Alumni Achievement Award, Baylor College of Medicine, Physician Assistant Program in 2009, was named Surgical Oncologist of the Year 2010, National Black Leadership Initiative on Cancer; Savannah Coalition, and earned the Cancer Liaison Physician Outstanding Performance Award 2009 from the American College of Surgeons, Commission on Cancer.
He has done volunteer medical work in Ecuador in the area of tuberculosis and has shared breast surgical techniques in China. Dr. Rudolph is an assistant professor of surgery at both the Georgia Regents University (Medical College of Georgia) and Mercer University School of Medicine. Before becoming the Medical Director of the Physician Assistant Program at South University, he acted as a clinical assistant professor of surgery in the program since 2005. Although Dr. Rudolph retired from the active practice of surgery in late 2014, he remains a fellow of the American College of Surgeons and the American Society of Breast Surgery.
He is married to Barbara, a nurse practitioner and wife of 40 years and has two children and four grandchildren.
Visit the Career Services table at graduation to meet with a Career Services advisor and find out what Career Services can do to help you. If you are job searching, learn about potential career options and connect with a Career Services advisor that you can contact after graduation. Even if you don’t think you need assistance from Career Services, visit us anyway. We have a special gift for everyone and would love to hear your success stories!
As a graduate of South University, you belong to a community that is thousands strong. You can count on your Alumni Association to put you in touch with others who personally know the value of a South University education. The doors of opportunity are open, lifelong learning continues, and a community of colleagues welcomes you. The alumni website, Alumni Connections, is exclusive and available only to South University alumni.
There are no costs, fees, or dues to join. But the benefits of joining can be priceless. Learning doesn’t stop after graduation. The Alumni Association can help you continue growing, both personally and professionally. When you join Alumni Connections, you become part of a lifelong community of classmates.
To join, visit: www.alumni.southuniversity.edu
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