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Jonesville Native Honored at Spartanburg Community College Graduation

Daniel Prince

Smith is the first-ever recipient of the SCC Distinguished Alumni Award

Spartanburg Community College held its graduation ceremony on Thursday, May 5, the first ever graduation ceremony held on the Campus Green at the college’s Giles Campus in Spartanburg. 436 graduates received their degrees, diplomas, and certificates from the college. Lt. Governor Pamela Evette addressed the graduates at the ceremony. A new graduation tradition was launched, as the school will seek to honor a distinguished alumnus each year. The first-ever recipient of the Spartanburg Community College Distinguished Alumni Award is Marcus Smith. Smith is a Jonesville native. He and his sister Ashley had set a joint goal of attending college and earning a degree in computer technology. Ashley passed away from cancer in 2019 and was never able to pursue her degree. Her passing served as motivation for Marcus to succeed for them both. Marcus graduated in May 2021 with an Associates in Applied Science for Computer Technology, Networking, and Cybersecurity. He finished school with a GPA of 3.6. Smith made the Dean’s List each semester. He currently serves as an IT Specialist for the Charles Lea Center and is pursuing a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity at Middle Georgia State University. At the ceremony, Smith had this to say about the honor:

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Marcus Smith on his honor
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