Presenting the MSHP Class of 2017!

June 1, 2017



On Friday, May 12, 2017, eleven of our second year students graduated with Master of Science in Historic Preservation degrees! The students walked in the College of Charleston’s graduation ceremony, which takes place under the oaks in the heart of campus. We welcomed the students’ family and friends for a weekend full of celebrations beginning with an awards ceremony in the Spoleto Gardens.


Ben Walker with Kris King, Executive Director of the Preservation Society of Charleston and MSHP Adjunct Professor


Alena Franco with Katherine Pemberton, Manager of Research and Education at Historic Charleston Foundation and MSHP Adjunct Professor

Each year the program recognizes two outstanding students for their achievements.This year the Preservation Society of Charleston’s Best Thesis Award went to Benjamin Walker for his work, “Importing the Vernacular: An Analysis of the Panama Houses of the Former Charleston Navy Yard as an Adapted Regional Building Typology.”

Alena Franco received Historic Charleston Foundation’s Ann Pamela Cunningham Award for her strong will, sense of humor, and promise to contribute to our field.

We reconvened for a Saturday luncheon to toast the graduates one final time before they head off to jobs across the country. Congratulations again to our graduates! We can’t wait to watch your careers develop.

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