St. Mary’s College of Maryland, the National Public Honors College, graduated 375 students with Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees on Saturday, May 14, outdoors on the campus’ Townhouse Green. The commencement address was delivered by Terron Hillsman, director of the ecological sciences division for the USDA- Natural Resources Conservation Services (NRCS). His message to the Class of 2022 centered on the importance of resiliency and “gifting” hope to others. In his remarks, he shared with the audience examples of challenges and opportunities he culled from interviewing several St. Mary’s College seniors. President Tuajuanda C. Jordan, accompanied by Board of Trustees Chair Susan Dyer, presented honorary degrees to Hillsman and St. Mary’s County Health Officer Meenakshi G. Brewster. Hillsman, who has 30 years with NRCS, is responsible for the development and maintenance of the National Conservation Practice Standards and Plant Materials Program. He earned his B.S. in agriculture from Tennessee State University; an M.A. in organizational management from Tusculum College; and a PhD in business administration from the University of Tennessee. He received the honorary degree as a “change agent” and for his “positive and lasting impacts” on the agency for which he […]
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