“This University of South Carolina is by all of these standards our City on a Hill,” said Fowler, former chairman of the Democratic National Committee and a retired colonel in the U.S. Army Reserve.
“This is not a new role and mission for our university,” he said. “From the vision of our state’s founding fathers more than 200 years ago, until this very hour, the University of South Carolina has always been, by design and reality, our City on a Hill,” he said.
Fowler, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of public service, called the University a “beacon of hope and confidence that will lift us above the mundane to the superlative...and raise the standard of excellence in learning, research, service, the arts, and achievement.”
Among the achievers were Jay Coker of Columbia and Catherine Con of Greenville, magna cum laude graduates from the School of Music who were seated next to each other.