STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Wilmington’s Dunfey & Zaya Graduate From Coastal Carolina University

Below is an announcement from Coastal Carolina University:

CONWAY, SC — Coastal Carolina University saw nearly 1,300 students graduate in Spring 2020 during a virtual ceremony that included a speech from alumnus and Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kelly, among them:

  • Patrick Dunfey, a marketing major from Wilmington,
  • Connor Zaya, a intelligence & national security studies major from Wilmington

Coastal Carolina University launched its first virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, May 8, at 6 p.m., featuring a recorded message from alumnus and Emmy-nominated actor Michael Kelly.

President David A. DeCenzo presided over the ceremony for the spring Class of 2020, which was launched on the Coastal Carolina University YouTube channel.

Nearly 1,300 students were eligible to participate in the virtual spring commencement ceremony, which was planned in consultation with Spring 2020 graduates. It incorporated many traditional customs associated with on-campus commencement exercises, including formal remarks from the president, provost, and deans in full academic regalia; a message from Kelly; the official conferring of the graduate and undergraduate academic degrees; and the playing of the alma mater.

The virtual ceremony also featured individual student recognition slides that were shown during the event.

Kelly is perhaps best known for his four-time Emmy-nominated role as Doug Stamper in the Netflix original series “House of Cards,” in which he starred all six seasons. Kelly can currently be seen in season two of Amazon Prime’s Original Series “Jack Ryan” alongside John Krasinski and Wendell Pierce. He graduated from Coastal Carolina in 1992 with a degree in performing arts.

Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 85 major fields of study. Among CCU’s 30 graduate-level programs are 26 master’s degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.

More than 10,000 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 120 student clubs and organizations.

Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.

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