Members of South Carolina State University’s inaugural “40 Under 40” class have given back to their alma mater.

Honorees recently presented a $30,000 gift to the university’s foundation collected from or on behalf of all inaugural class members. SC State Interim President Alexander Conyers joined Student Government Association President Javonni Ayers and Dr. Gwynth Nelson, associate vice president for institutional advancement and executive director of development, in accepting the gift.

On hand from the “40 Under 40” group were Dr. Jessica Berry, SC State’s acting chair of the Department of Speech Pathology & Audiology (Class of 2010); Walter Curry (2003); Hamilton Grant (2011), Tymon Graham (2010), and Davion Petty, SC State’s director of Alumni Relations and Annual Funds (2011).

The ‘40 Under 40’ class recognizes young alumni who have made significant strides in their careers, contributions to their communities and an impact at the university. The process began in June with more than 100 nominees. Honorees were chosen by a selection committee that reviewed each nominee’s professional expertise and achievements, as well as dedication to charitable and community initiatives.

Other honorees include Rashad Anderson (2010), Kris Bennett (2016), Shawn Blake, (2008), Coby Brandyburg, (2006), Demetrius Chatman (2007), Khyla D. Craine (2004), Darius Daniels (2012), Davetrina Seles (2004), Doward Harvin (2004), Karina Henry (2013), Cor'Deija Horne (2004), Craig King (2004), Dashan Axson-Lawrence (2012), Quincy Mack (2009), Kenneth McClary (2011), Garrett McDaniel, Jr. (2009), Lynwood McDaniel Jr. (2005), LaTeshia McFadden (2010), Stephanie McMillian (2008), Tyler Moore (2016), Jerome Pearson (2005), Demar Roberts (2009); Jennifer Saxon (2008) Mronda Scott (2009), Pia L. Scott (2008), Cody Sellers (2012), Chrissundra Proctor Smith (2002), Denise Smith (2008), Krystal Speed (2002), Stacy Stewart (2002), Terrance Tucker (2005), Roblena Walker (2006), David White Jr. (2010), Anthony Williams Jr. (2013) and Matt Wooten (2009).

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