Macon—Joshua M. Rogers of Waycross received one of Mercer University's two top honors for undergraduates at commencement in the Macon Coliseum on Saturday, May 14. Mercer University President R. Kirby Godsey presented him with the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award.
Rogers, who graduated summa cum laude May 14 with a bachelor of arts in history, is the son of Mark and Elizabeth Rogers of Waycross.
He has shown unwavering commitment to the University, the Macon community and scholarship throughout his four years at Mercer. The history major has served as a member of the Student Government Association since his freshman year, having recently completed his tenure as the 2004-2005 president. He is a member of the Kappa Alpha
fraternity and has served as house manager, historian and corresponding secretary for his chapter. He also served as co-chair of the Mercer Nights events for the QuadWorks special events team.
Faculty describe Mr. Rogers as modest, honest and bright. He is the first student to graduate with the new "Southern Studies" concentration and was awarded the newly-endowed Judge and Mrs. John Sammons Bell Scholarship. The Waycross resident is a member of the Phi Eta Sigma, Phi Alpha Theta and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies.
He also worked to improve the greater Macon community. Rogers served on the Mayor's Panel on Race Relations and as an intern with NewTown Macon, an organization dedicated to restoring historic downtown Macon.
About the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award:
The Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award is presented to the graduating student who best exemplifies excellence in character, leadership, service to the community, and a commitment to spiritual values. This award was established by The New York Southern Society in 1925, and at Mercer University in 1926, in memory of Mr. Sullivan, a great humanitarian and philanthropist.