ABC News 15 Reporter to Deliver Morris College Convocation Address

August 28, 2021

Enter to Learn; Depart to Serve

Morris College                                                                                                                                                                                                                 For Immediate Release
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Sumter, S.C. (August, 2021) – The campus community will convene on Thursday, September 9, 2021 at 10 a.m. in the Garrick-Boykin Human Development Center for the college’s Annual Fall Convocation.  Tonya Brown, General Assignment Reporter at WPDE/ABC News 15, will be the convocation speaker.

Currently celebrating her twenty-fifth anniversary with WPDE, the Bennettsville, S.C., native is a 1996 honor graduate of Morris College where she received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Broadcast Media and began working at the station the same year.

Brown became inspired to become a journalist while serving as a seventh-grade junior marshal during an eighth-grade commencement ceremony at Blenheim High School which covered grades 7 - 12th at that time.

A trusted news reporter, Brown is highly regarded throughout the Myrtle Beach, Florence and surrounding areas as an outstanding journalist.

Each year, the Annual Fall Convocation serves as the official opening assembly for the academic year.  During the convocation, President Leroy Staggers will recognize new students, faculty and staff, as well as share information on how the college will move forward throughout the year.

This year, for COVID-19 safety precautions, the Annual Fall Convocation will only be open to Morris College’s faculty, staff, and students; all others may view the live-streamed ceremony via Facebook. 

About Morris College
Morris College is a historically black, coeducational, liberal arts college, founded by the Baptist Educational and Missionary Convention of South Carolina in 1908. The college is committed to promoting the intellectual and personal development of each one of its students. Today, under the continued ownership of its founding body, the College opens its doors to a culturally and geographically diverse student body, typically from the Southeast and Northeast regions. Morris College is an accredited, four-year, coeducational, residential, liberal arts and career-focused institution awarding baccalaureate degrees in the arts and sciences as well as certificates and associate degrees in career-based professional fields.