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Area Residents Recognized at Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.— Two students—one a Columbia, SC, native and the other a recent addition to the city—received the Master of Divinity degree and were recognized for outstanding academic achievement on May 16 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Mark McCheyne Shivers and Luther Franklin Fant, Jr., were among the 84 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia Seminary’s five degree programs. Shivers received the Columbia (Seminary) Graduate Fellowship, awarded annually to a student who has demonstrated exceptional academic ability. The fellowship may be applied to any advanced degree beyond the Master of Divinity. Shivers holds the B.A. from Gardener-Webb University, in Boiling Springs, NC. This fall he enters the Master of Theology program at Columbia Seminary. Fant was the recipient of the Wilds Book Prize, the seminary’s highest academic honor. The award is given annually to the graduating student selected by the faculty for having the highest academic distinction throughout the Master of Divinity program. Fant is from Alexandria, VA, and holds the B.S. from Clemson University and the Ph.D. from Florida State University. He serves as pastor of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, SC. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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