President Pastides outlines the importance of higher education on South Carolina’s economic and overall wellbeing while providing a forward pathway to maintaining access, affordability and opportunity for all South Carolinians.
Speeches, Remarks and Editorials
President Harris Pastides is called upon to make remarks at major university events from convocation to commencement. Community organizations and local media outlets also seek out his thoughts on education and public health issues. His speeches, remarks and editorials are posted below.
Pastides honors Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s inspirational legacy of love, non-violence and advocacy
A message from Dr. Pastides and John C. von Lehe, Jr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, encouraging the Carolina Family to commit to inclusivity and respect.
President Harris Pastides’ Commencement Remarks for December 2017
USC President Harris Pastides speaks at the ceremony dedicating two historical markers on the Horseshoe honoring the enslaved men and women who helped build and worked at South Carolina College before the U.S. Civil War.
USC President Harris Pastides sends a message regarding the dangers of high risk behavior, like drinking and driving, and the importance of Stand Up Carolina following the death of a Carolina student.
USC President Harris Pastides sends a Thanksgiving message to students.
USC President Harris Pastides sends a message to students about fall break.
USC President Harris Pastides sends a message regarding the closure of Gambrell Hall.
USC President Harris Pastides sends a message to students on Sept. 21, 2017, about finding their daily rhythm.
Prepared remarks delivered on Sept. 12, 2017, about how USC will recommit to excellence, accelerate our progress and realize even greater impact.
In a message to new students and parents, President Harris Pastides explains what it means to be a Carolinian.
Statement submitted for the record on August 15 to the Senate Education Committee, Tuition and Scholarship Subcommittee about abatements and non-resident enrollment.
A letter sent on August 3, President Pastides urges incoming students to set lofty goals for the coming school year and to enjoy the remainder of summer.
President Pastides encourages legislatures to approve the proviso removing the Commission on Higher Education (CHE) from the approval process of auxiliary, athletics, renovation and maintenance projects.
A letter sent on May 31, President Pastides wishes warm regards for a summer filled with happiness and "hygge," a term from Denmark that expresses an attitude of comfort.
Prepared remarks for the May 2017 commencement delivered by President Harris Pastides, recognizing our "wiser" graduates.
A letter sent on May 1 encouraging USC Spring 2017 graduates and returning undergraduates to use their remaining time to reflect on their USC experience.
Editorial by President Pastides and Tim Hardee, executive director of the S.C. Technical College System, published April 25, 2017, in The Post and Courier, supporting the capital improvement bond bill.
An open letter to USC students celebrating our recent men's and women's NCAA victories, and reminding students to use sportsmanlike and civil conduct as we cheer during the remainder of the tournaments.
Prepared remarks delivered in Feb. 2017 by President Harris Pastides at the Inn of Court about intercollegiate sports, culminating in The Gamecock Student-Athlete Promise: A Championship Experience.
Prepared remarks delivered in Jan. 2017 for the Richard T. Greener Memorial Announcement by President Harris Pastides.
Editorial by President Pastides, published January 30, 2017 in The State, urging lawmakers to support USC's health sciences higher education and research for the benefit of all South Carolinians.
An invitation to faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community to attend events around campus that celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Prepared remarks delivered in December 2016, looking back on how quickly time passed and urging our graduates to work hard, and always stay connected to the Carolina family.
An open letter on Nov. 18, 2016 to the Carolina Family wishing them well on this Thanksgiving weekend.
Open letter to Carolina students on Oct. 6, 2016, President Pastides addresses school closure for Hurricane Matthew
Prepared remarks delivered on Sept. 14, 2016 about how USC is poised to be the model for a 21st century university, shaped around the needs of its students.
Guest column published on Aug. 15, 2016 in The Daily Gamecock
A message from Dr. Pastides encouraging the Carolina Family to commit to fruitful conversation, embrace friends and continue to live by the Carolinian Creed.
Remarks address the tragic loss while advocating for acceptance, civility and inclusiveness
Dr. Pastides introduces new diversity and inclusion initiatives at the university.
Dr. Pastides expresses condolences.
An open letter to students encouraging them to try something new, read great books and enjoy time with friends and family this summer.
Speech delivered in May 2016, looking back on how quickly time passed and urging our graduates to work hard, always be courteous, and civic-minded and continue to be life-long learners.
An open letter to students looking back at a busy year and encouraging them to finish the year strong.
Speech delivered at the ceremony welcoming Panu to the Carolina family.
A letter to USC undergraduate students about the Pulse Online Survey being administered through March 31
The SC Cyber consortium will tackle the growing problem of cybercrime
An open letter to the Carolina Family welcoming students back for the Spring 2016 semester.
President Pastides delivers keynote address at the annual Martin Luther King Jr. celebration
Speech delivered at the annual breakfast honoring Martin Luther King Jr.
Speech delivered at December Commencement urging our graduates to live an engaged life, and always stay connected to the Carolina family.
President Harris Pastides and the university's top officers release a statement about our diversity and inclusion efforts.
An open letter to the Carolina Family wishing them well on this Thanksgiving weekend
Prepared remarks for the announcement of South Carolina's first single entity dedicated to telling South Carolina’s civil rights story
An open letter to the Carolina Family marking the 25th anniversary of the Carolinian Creed, a document created to foster a new age of civility and a generosity of spirit at the University of South Carolina.
Prepared remarks for the announcement of $7 million gift to the Arnold School of Public Health
Prepared remarks for the Yale School of Public Health Centennial Reunion
Open letter to the Carolina family on October 9, 2015, President Pastides welcomes the students back to campus and ensures the university is ready for their return
Open letter to the Carolina family on October 6, 2015, President Pastides updates the Gamecock community on the difficult decision to cancel classes for the week, and what resources are available for the students
Open letter to the Carolina family on October 5, 2015, President Pastides explains what the USC Columbia campus is doing to ensure the safety and comfort of our students, faculty and staff
President Harris Pastides discusses the successful completion of the historic $1 billion Carolina's Promise campaign as well as charts the course for the future.
Welcome remarks on August 26, 2015, emphasizing the importance of accelerating growth in the aerospace industry
Guest column published August 20, 2015, in The Daily Gamecock welcoming the new and returning students back to campus
Speech delivered on Sunday, August 16, welcoming 2,500 new Gamecocks to Carolina
Open letter to the Carolina Family on July 28, 2015, Dr. Pastides announces the selection of Joan T. A. Gabel as Executive Vice President of Academic Affairs and Provost
Open letter to the Carolina Family on July 9, 2015, Dr. Pastides emphasizes support for the removal of the flag as our state continues to heal from the Charleston tragedy
Speech delivered on June 22, 2015 at the memorial held for the victims of the Charleston tragedy
Open letter to the Carolina Family on June 18, 2015, Dr. Pastides expresses condolences to all who are mourning the nine lives lost, including three UofSC graduates
Editorial by Presidents Clements, Cole, Pastides published May 10, 2015, in The State, supporting the capital bond bill as an investment in education
Speech delivered in May 2015, urging our graduates to see the campus and their experiences through the eyes of changed people
Statement on April 3, 2015, emphasizing our Carolinian creed and the expectation of respect and civility to others
Open letter to Carolina Family on March 19, 2015 after the death of a student
Letter to faculty and staff on Feb. 16, 2015
Open letter to the Carolina Family on Feb. 5, 2015 expressing condolences and acknowledging the swift action of USCPD and law enforcement officials
Speech delivered in December 2014
Speech delivered in December 2014
Letter to the editor published Dec. 18, 2014, in the New York Times
Article published in Carolinian Winter 2014
Speech delivered Oct. 23, 2014
Speech delivered Oct. 15, 2014
Speech delivered Sept. 26, 2014
Speech delivered Sept. 12, 2014
Speech delivered Sept. 4, 2014
Speech delivered Sept. 3, 2014
Speech delivered Sept. 3, 2014
Article published in Carolinian Fall 2014
Letter published August 2014
Editorial by President Pastides and sophomore Martha Childress published Aug. 24, 2014, in The State
Speech delivered Aug. 17, 2014
Guest Column published on Aug. 15, 2014, in The Daily Gamecock
Statement released July 4, 2014
Speech delivered May 16, 2014
Letter sent May 15, 2014
Speech delivered in May 2014
Editorial published April 20, 2014, in the Chicago Tribune
Editorial by President Pastides and chief diversity officer John Dozier published April 10, 2014, in The State
Letter sent April 8, 2014
Article published in Carolinian magazine Spring 2014
Editorial published Feb. 10, 2014, in The (Charleston) Post and Courier
Letter sent Feb. 3, 2014
Editorial published Feb. 2, 2014, in The (Columbia) State newspaper
Speech delivered Jan. 22, 2014
Statement released Jan. 2, 2014
Article published in Carolinian magazine Winter 2014
Letter sent Oct. 24, 2013
Letter sent Oct. 22, 2013
Statement released Oct. 15, 2013
Article published in Carolinian magazine Fall 2013
Speech delivered Sept. 18, 2013
Speech delivered Sept. 11, 2013
Speech delivered Aug. 18, 2013
Article published in Carolinian magazine Spring 2013
Article published in Carolinian magazine Winter 2013
Editorial published Sept. 21, 2012, in The (Charleston) Post and Courier newspaper
Speech delivered Sept. 17, 2012
Editorial published Aug. 26, 2012, in The (Columbia) State newspaper
Speech delivered Aug. 18, 2012