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Graduates prepare for Saturday morning's commencement ceremony.
Graduates of the university’s College of Arts and Sciences and S.C. Honors College were recognized Saturday morning.



The uncertain job market has Lamb eyeing the Peace Corps and graduate school.

“But I’m also looking for a job.”

Max Nelson of Lewisburg, W.Va., who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, has his mind set on one thing: job interviews.

“I’m looking all over the Southeast,” he said, “I never imagined that it would be this difficult.”

But Nelson is certain that his tenure at Carolina has prepared him for the workforce.

“I’m 100 percent pleased with my education and the professors that I’ve had,” he said. “They’ve all been very helpful. I’m ready.”

With a master’s degree in geology in hand, Jessica Mason of Fairfax, Va., heads out into the world with a job at the S.C. Department of Natural Resources.

“In this market, I’m happy to have anything,” said Mason, whose childhood fascination with volcanoes led to an interest in geology.

And although she’s not likely to come into contact with many volcanoes in her everyday life in the Palmetto State, she did get to study undersea volcanoes during a research mission near the Galapagos Islands.

“It was a once-in-a lifetime experience,” she said.

Don Fowler, an advertising executive and political consultant and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, will speak at 3:30 p.m., at the last bachelor’s and master’s degree commencement exercise.

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Saturday (May 9) schedule
At Colonial Life Arena


   3:30 p.m.

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
  • Fort Jackson Military Base Program
  • Interdisciplinary Programs
  • School of Music
  • College of Social Work
  • Palmetto Programs
  • Speaker: Donald L. Fowler, advertising executive and political consultant and former chair of the Democratic National Committee

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