- During the 11 a.m. ceremony at Winthrop Coliseum, the university will award 300 degrees to graduating seniors and an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters to Rock Hill businessman and philanthropist Gary Williams.
- Merry Sleigh, an associate professor in the Department of Psychology, joined the Winthrop faculty in 2003 and quickly established herself as an outstanding teacher who not only teaches difficult courses but transforms her students to engage in their learning.
Winthrop University, "Commencements Set for Dec. 15 and 17; Sleigh to Receive Kinard Award" (2011). Winthrop News 2011. 209.