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Florida State University Alumni/ae Recognized at Columbia Seminary Commencement


Decatur, GA.— Two Florida State University alumni/ae received the Master of Divinity degree and were recognized for outstanding academic achievement on May 16 during commencement exercises of Columbia Theological Seminary. Luther Franklin Fant, Jr., (Ph.D. 1994) and Cheryl Vaughan Mack (B.S. 1979) were among 84 students who received diplomas from one of Columbia’s five degree programs. Fant was the recipient of the Wilds Book Prize, Columbia’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, who is originally from Alexandria, VA, holds the B.S. from Clemson University. He serves as pastor of Seven Oaks Presbyterian Church, in Columbia, SC. Mack received the Fannie Jordan Bryan Fellowship, an award given to students who intend to pursue further study. The fellowship was established through a generous legacy left to Columbia by the late Fannie Jordan Bryan of Columbia, SC. Mack, of Decatur, GA, holds the J.D. from Loyola Law School in New Orleans. She is a candidate for ministry with the Presbytery of Greater Atlanta and is a member of Columbia Presbyterian Church, in Decatur, GA. Columbia Theological Seminary, founded in 1828, is one of 10 theological institutions of the Presbyterian Church (USA). 

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