CONWAY, SC -- Denzell Thomas, of North Plainfield, NJ, was among 1,100 candidates for graduation at Coastal Carolina University's commencement ceremonies on May 6 and 7, 2016. Grand Strand businessman and civic leader Dennis L. Wade was the speaker for the event.

Thomas graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in communication

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. The University offers 70 areas of study toward the baccalaureate degree, and 17 master's degree programs, plus two educational specialist degrees. The University began offering its first doctoral program - the Ph.D. in marine science: coastal and marine systems science - in Fall 2014. View the full list of Academic Programs.

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More than 10,000 students from across the country and 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 180 student clubs and organizations.

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