Top graduates look toward the future

May 6, 2012

All of the longs hours dedicated to research, class assignments and sacrifices were validated for the first and second academic honor graduate as they matriculated through Voorhees.   

Emmanuel Nwokocha, a native of Nigeria and the 2011-2012 Student Government Association president, is the first academic honor graduate for the Class of 2012. Nwokocha will receive a bachelor's degree in biology with a minor in environmental science.  

While at Voorhees, Nwokocha's passion for a sustainable and an eco-friendly environment led him to be selected by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as the only eco-Ambassador from the state of South Carolina in the EPA Campus Program. Nwokocha's goal was to shed more light on the importance of sustainability on campus. 

"My top priority was to advise Voorhees on options to purchase green power, such as solar or wind energy, and to reduce the environmental impacts associated with conventional electricity," he said.  

Nwokocha's commitment to community service and humanitarian activities inspired him to establish the Rotaract Club of Voorhees, which is sponsored by the Rotary Club of Georgetown. The purpose of the Rotaract Club is to unite the students of Voorhees and provide humanitarian service, encourage high ethical standards and build goodwill and peace throughout the community. The organization's impact was felt by the Denmark community and recognized by the mayor of Denmark.  

Additional organizations Nwokocha was a member of include Honors College, Ernest Everett Just Science Club, White Rose Social Club, Alpha Kappa Mu Honors Society and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. After graduating from Voorhees, Nwokocha plans to attend graduate school to obtain a master's degree in energy and environmental policy. He has been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-Madison, University of Minnesota and Georgia Institute of Technology.    

Second academic honor graduate, Wayne Davidson, hails from Yonkers, N.Y. Davidson will be graduating with a bachelor's degree in accounting.  

While at Voorhees, Davidson gained some invaluable experience in accounting on an internship he completed at T-Coombs Associates in Springfield, Va. T-Coombs Associates specializes in accounting and information technology.  

Davidson said the internship gave him the opportunity to combine the knowledge he has gained at Voorhees with actual practice in the field of accounting.  

"It was an honor to represent Voorhees College and obtain hands-on experience in the modern day job market," Davidson said.  

While at Voorhees, Davidson was a member of Alpha Kappa Mu Honor Society, Delta Mu Delta Honor Society, Students in Free Enterprise (SIFE), Student Support Services Program, Pre-Alumni Council, White Rose Social Club and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc.  

Following graduation, Davidson plans to attend the Darla Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina to obtain a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) certificate.  

Commencement at Voorhees will take place on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. in the Leonard E. Dawson Health and Human Resources Center. The commencement speaker will be Denmark, S.C. native, Dr. Robert L. Satcher, a former NASA astronaut.

*Nwokocha (first picture) and Davidson (second picture) are above.