SAU, UNCP name graduation speakers

Staff report

Sally McRorie

Paul Sink

LAURINBURG —The University of North Carolina at Pembroke and St. Andrews University have announced speakers for their upcoming graduation ceremonies.

Both schools plan to hold ceremonies on May 6 and each plans to have an alumnus from their respective universities speak to graduates.

St . Andrews

The Rev. Paul Sink, the pastor of Taylorsville Presbyterian Church in Alexander County, will be the speaker at the St. Andrews Baccalaureate Ceremony.

His sermon, titled “Hospitality” will be delivered to members of the class of 2016, their families, faculty, staff and friends of the university on Harris Courts.

A graduate of St. Andrews in 1995, Sink received his B.A. in Business and Economics. He also holds a M.A. in Christian Education from Union Theological Seminary and Presbyterian School of Christian Education and received his M.Div. from Austin Presbyterian Theological Seminary.

Sink perceived his call to ordained ministry through an internship at Camp Monroe in Scotland County when he was asked to supply preach at Old Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church in the summer of 1997.

An active Rotarian, Sink works in the community through positions on multiple agency boards and committees including Habitat for Humanity. He has chaired Presbytery committees for Campus Ministry, Youth Ministry and those specializing in church conflict. As an Eagle Scout, Sink remains active in Boy Scouts of America serving in leadership roles for his son’s Cub Scout and Boy Scout units. This also serves to keep him active in his love of the outdoors through hiking, backpacking, camping and cycling.

Rev. Sink married fellow St. Andrews classmate Jennifer Strachan Sink (‘95) in 1997. They have two teenage children, Alison and Austin, and have been rescuing retired greyhounds for about eight years.


Dr. Sally McRorie, Florida State University provost and UNC Pembroke graduate, will serve as the keynote speaker for The University of North Carolina at Pembroke during the spring 2016 Commencement.

McRorie will speak at the graduate student ceremony at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center on May 6. McRorie will also be the keynote speaker at the undergraduate ceremony in the Quad at 9 a.m. on May 7. The Quad is located between Old Main and Mary Livermore Library.

UNCP Chancellor Robin Gary Cummings will confer approximately 724 degrees; including 584 undergraduate degrees and about 140 at the graduate level.

McRorie graduated from UNCP in 1976. She serves as provost and executive vice president for Academic Affairs at Florida State University. Her career at FSU spans 21 years. She was appointed provost in November 2015 following a nationwide search.

“It’s been much too long since I was at UNC Pembroke,” McRorie said. “My memories are strong of classes with lots of discussion and great professors, especially in the sciences, philosophy, and art.”

“I remember working nearly every day and evening in the art studios in Moore Hall,” McRorie continued.

McRorie earned a degree in art education and painting at what was then known as Pembroke State University.

“Going to the Union to watch “Jeopardy,” which then came on at noon, and trying to beat my friends and the contestants was a frequent occurrence, as was cheering on the soccer team … there was no football then,” McRorie said. “Most importantly, UNCP built my understanding of and commitment to working hard, embracing diversity and inclusion at every turn, and loving to learn. Those lessons have shaped my life and career in profound ways and I am most grateful.”

McRorie was born in Charlotte and graduated from high school in Greenville.

After earning her degree at UNCP, McRorie taught art in South Carolina, Tennessee and Kansas while pursing her post graduate degrees. She earned a master’s degree in art education and printmaking from East Tennessee State University. She holds a doctorate degree in art education from the University of Kansas.

McRorie is also a graduate of the Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr. She taught at Purdue University and the University of Kansas before joining the faculty at Florida State in 1994.

McRorie served two terms as president of the National Association of Arts Administrators and currently serves on the commission of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design. She previously served as senior editor of Studies in Art Education. Some of her accolades include the Manuel Barkan Award, Mary J. Rouse Award, FSU Teaching Award, and Indiana and Florida Higher Education Art Educator of the Year awards.

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