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MEDIA ADVISORY: Commencement information

The University of South Carolina will hold commencement exercises Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7, for its Columbia campus.

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, U.S. Ambassador Jon Huntsman and U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin are among the speakers. This advisory lists times, locations and contact information for broadcast and print reporters planning coverage. Follow-up information will be sent as details become available.

FRIDAY, MAY 6

9:30 a.m. USC Horseshoe, School of Law
Speaker: U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham

12:30 p.m. Koger Center for the Arts, School of Medicine
Speaker and honorary degree recipient: U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin (doctor of public service degree)

3 p.m. Colonial Life Arena (bachelor’s and master’s graduates)
Speaker and honorary degree recipient: U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor (doctor of laws degree)

SATURDAY, MAY 7

9:30 a.m. Colonial Life Arena (bachelor’s and master’s graduates)
Speaker: U.S. Ambassador to China and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
Honorary degree recipient: Bryant Wright, pastor, president of the Southern Baptist Convention (doctor of humane letters degree)

1 p.m., Koger Center for the Arts (doctoral candidates)
Speaker: Mark Smith, a Carolina Distinguished Professor of history

3 p.m. Colonial Life Arena (bachelor’s and master’s graduates)
Speaker and honorary degree recipient: M. Edward Sellers, chairman of New Carolina (doctor of humane letters degree)

PARKING

Media parking is available in the lot at 743 Greene St. (at Greene and Gadsden streets)

ENTRANCE

Media can enter the Colonial Life Arena through the Gadsden Street entrance. Please be prepared to present press credentials. A press area for print and broadcast media will be set up.

FOR BROADCAST AND STILL PHOTOGRAPHERS

Risers will be set up for cameras. They will not be in front of the stage, but photographers will be allowed to leave the risers and shoot off the shoulder to get footage of speaker at the podium for about 3 minutes.

For technical details and time for setting up at the arena, contact Melanie Henkes. Her numbers are 803-467-0065 (cell) and 803-576-5527 (O). (henkesm@mailbox.sc.edu)

For additional information about commencement, contact Margaret Lamb (Margaret@mailbox.sc.edu) or Megan Sexton (Msexton@mailbox.sc.edu), or call 803-777-5400.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 04/29/11 @ 3:55 PM | Updated: 08/09/11 @ 8:54 AM | Permalink

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