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Flagler College recognizes alumni at two 50th awards ceremonies

May 20, 2019
by Jayda Barnes, '20

At this year’s annual Alumni Weekend, a luncheon on Friday, May 17 recognized the Charter Classes and a ceremony on Saturday, May 18 honored 50 alumni of distinction.

The 20th Annual Alumni Awards Luncheon acknowledged the members of Flagler’s Charter Classes of 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1975, the first four classes of students. The event also presented Dr. Beverly Copeland Carmichael, ’72, with the first ever Lifetime Achievement Award. The award honors a graduate who has dedicated over 20 years to a chosen career, engages in support of Flagler College and distinguishes themselves in their community. Carmichael has earned this honor through her work in higher education development and continued support of Flagler by working in institutional advancement, overseeing fundraising and establishing the Women of Vision scholarship. The Alumni Awards Luncheon also recognized retiring Alumni Board of Directors members Bradley Ernst, ’02, and Joseph Riley, ’06, for their service on the board.

At the Saturday ceremony, “Flagler at 50: Honoring Alumni of the First 50 Years,” the Alumni Association honored 50 alumni of distinction. These graduates have forged distinct and diverse paths by engaging in work that matters across the globe. Each alum received a 50th Anniversary commemorative spike as recognition for their continued support of Flagler. President Joyner also spoke at the ceremony and a reception followed.

“Together, our alumni tell the story of Flagler College,” said Director of Alumni Relations Margo Thomas at the ceremony. “People come to Flagler from all walks of life, from every corner of the country and build their legacy through discovering their shared humanity despite their many differences.”

After 50 years of building Flagler into the vast community it has become, Alumni Weekend invites graduates and current students to reflect on the growth of Flagler College and encourages support for the changes of the future.

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