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Jon Huntsman Jr.
Jon Huntsman Jr.

A USC day of celebration: Spring commencement

“I’m excited to be done with school, but I’m sad to be leaving all my friends,” she said. “Thank God for Facebook and Skype,” she said.

Tankersley, from Greenville, was receiving her degree in public relations. She said she had several interviews lined up and wants to work with a study abroad program. She spent some time in Ireland with a communications internship while she was a student at Carolina.

Kristen Chauvin, of Rochester, N.Y., was earning her degree in marketing and management from the Darla Moore School of Business. She will leave Monday for San Francisco, where she has a summer internship with an advertising agency that she hopes will turn into a permanent job.

“It’s scary,” she said. “But it’s exciting, too.”


Bachelor’s and master’s Ceremony (second of three)

Jon Huntsman urged University of South Carolina graduates Saturday (May 7) morning to find their deep-rooted passion and follow that one thing that inspires them.

In his first major address since stepping down as U.S. ambassador to China, Huntman shared five thoughts he’s collected over the years with Carolina’s 1,150 graduates of the South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences:

Be you. (“Don’t stand in front of the mirror and try to look like everybody else.”)

Remember others. (“Find a cause larger than yourself, then speak out and take action.”)

Embrace failure. (“Failure only hurts if you can’t turn it into a learning experience that makes you stronger and wiser.”)


Find somebody to love. (“It is life’s most powerful emotion….Love can transcend race, geography, religion and class. Some people need friends. Others need hope. You’ll find some who just need love. Reach out your hand and give them your heart.”)

Give back to your country. ("Work to keep America great. Serve her, if asked. I was, by a president of a different political party. But in the end, while we might not all be of one party, we are all a part of one nation, a nation that needs your generational gift of energy and confidence.")

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