By Taylor Reeves

CLEMSON — Greenville business leader Minor Mickel Shaw will receive an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities during Clemson University’s commencement exercises Friday, May 11, in Littlejohn Coliseum.

Shaw will receive her degree at the first of three Commencement ceremonies. Commencement was divided into three ceremonies this year to accommodate the many family members and friends who attend.

Graduates in Clemson’s colleges of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences; and Engineering and Science will receive degrees in a 9:30 a.m. ceremony, during which Shaw will be honored. A second ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. for graduates in the colleges of Architecture, Arts and Humanities; and Health, Education and Human Development. The third ceremony will begin at 6:30 p.m. for students in the College of Business and Behavioral Science.

Tiger Cup Speech Competition winner Kerry Donovan Williams, who will receive her degree in industrial engineering, will speak at the 2 p.m. ceremony. Trustee Medal recipient Kristin Marie Bowers, a junior majoring in animal and veterinary science, will speak at the 6:30 p.m. ceremony.

Shaw is president of the private investment company Micco LLC. She has served as a trustee for numerous foundations, including the Duke Endowment, Hollingsworth Funds, Belle Baruch Foundation, BlueCross-BlueShield Foundation of South Carolina and Daniel-Mickel Foundation.

Shaw has been recognized as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in Greenville and as Greenville County’s Economic Development Ambassador for 2010. She also has been awarded South Carolina’s Order of the Palmetto, the first Riley Institute Wilkins Award for Citizenship in South Carolina, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award and the Athena Leadership Award.

Shaw serves on the Clemson University President’s Advisory Board and also is a past chairwoman of the Independent Colleges and Universities of South Carolina, the Governor’s School for the Arts Foundation, the Roper Mountain Science Center Association, the University of North Carolina Arts & Humanities Foundation and the Wofford College board of trustees.

Shaw is a graduate of the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and has received honorary degrees from Furman University and Wofford College.

Seating for the ceremonies is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Additional seating will be available on the coliseum’s concourse, where guests can watch the ceremony live on large-screen televisions.

Live video from all three commencement ceremonies will be streamed online at


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