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Commencement exercises set on USCís campuses

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-5400

The administrator of NOAA, the chairman of JP Morgan Chase Midwest and South Carolina’s leading historian are among the speakers at spring 2012 commencement ceremonies at the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus.

Jane Lubchenco, the undersecretary of Commerce and administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, will address graduates at commencement exercises at 3 p.m. Friday, May 4, in the Colonial Life Arena. Students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health will receive degrees. Lubchenco, an environmental scientist and marine ecologist who The Washington Post has called a “scientific rock star,” will receive an honorary degree: doctor of science.

Also at the Friday afternoon ceremony, Samuel Tenenbaum, a retired business leader and active philanthropist, will receive an honorary degree: doctor of public service.

On Saturday, May 5, Glenn Tilton, chairman of JPMorgan Chase Midwest who received his degree in international studies from USC, will address graduates of the South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. The ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. in the Colonial Life Arena. Tilton, who previously served as chairman and CEO of United Airlines and of Texaco, will receive an honorary degree: doctor of business administration.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, USC history professor Walter Edgar will address graduates of the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, the Fort Jackson Military Base Program, Interdisciplinary Programs, Palmetto Programs, the School of Music and the College of Social Work. Edgar is the Claude Henry Neuffer professor of Southern Studies, director of the Institute for Southern Studies at USC and an acclaimed writer, editor, speaker and radio show host. He is the author of “South Carolina, A History.”

Also at the ceremony, Tommy Suggs, president and CEO of KeenanSuggs Insurance in Columbia, a former Carolina quarterback and a color analyst for the Gamecock Radio Network, will receive a doctor of business administration honorary degree.

The Columbia campus commencement ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 4, when Inez Tenenbaum, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, addresses graduates of the School of Law on the historic Horseshoe. Tenenbaum, who received her law degree in 1986 from USC, also served two terms as the South Carolina state superintendent of education, from 1998 to 2007.

Also Friday, Dr. Jim Chow will address graduates of the USC School of Medicine at 12:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts. Chow, a 1985 graduate of the USC School of Medicine, is a clinical associate professor of dermatology, dermatologic surgery and surgery at the USC medical school and brigadier general in the Air National Guard, serving as assistant to the U.S. Air Force surgeon general for operations/policy.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 5, the doctoral commencement and hooding ceremony will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts. James D. Cutsinger, professor of religious studies and the 2011 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year, will address the doctoral candidates.

The university’s other campuses will hold commencement ceremonies over the next several weeks, including:

USC Aiken: 7 p.m., May 3, USCA Convocation Center. Chancellor Thomas L. Hallman, chancellor at USC Aiken who will retire June 30, will address the graduates. Irene Rudnick, instructor of commercial law at USC Aiken since 1961, will receive the honorary degree of doctor of education. A 1949 alumna of USC and 1952 graduate of the School of Law, she is in private practice with her son at Rudnick and Rudnick Attorneys at Law.

USC Beaufort: 6 p.m., April 27, Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza, Hilton Head Gateway campus. Emory Shaw Campbell, chairman of the Gullah Geechee Cultural Heritage Corridor Commission and executive director emeritus of the Penn Center on St. Helena Island, will address the graduates and receive an honorary degree of doctor of humane letters. Colden Rhind Battey Jr., Lowcountry lawyer and 1963 graduate of USC's School of Law will receive a doctor of public service honorary degree.

USC Lancaster: 2:30 p.m., April 28, Charles Bundy Auditorium. Leah B. Moody, a Rock Hill, S.C., lawyer and member of USC's Board of Trustees, will address the graduates.

USC Salkehatchie: 7 p.m., April 30, Salkehatchie Commons, West Campus-Allendale. David C. Moody, manager of the U.S. Department of Energy Savannah River Operations Office at the Savannah River Site, will address the graduates.

USC Sumter: 7 p.m., May 2, Nettles Building Auditorium. Kenneth Burger, retired journalist and columnist in South Carolina for nearly 40 years and a former S.C. Journalist of the Year, will address the graduates.

USC Union: 6:30 p.m., April 28, Truluck Activity Center. Thomas L. Stepp, secretary emeritus of USC's Board of Trustees, will give the commencement address. USC Upstate: 7 p.m. May 1, Quadrangle behind the Stockwell Administration Building. Herbert Adams, chairman emeritus of USC's Board of Trustees and current trustee representing 8th Judicial Circuit on the board, will address the graduates.

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Posted: 04/13/12 @ 12:00 PM | Updated: 05/04/12 @ 9:59 AM | Permalink

USC degree candidates, Spring 2012

  Total -- Columbia campus: 4,958

  Total -- Regional campuses: 1,451

  Total -- All campuses: 6,409



  Baccalaureate: 3,144

  Law: 217

  Medicine: 72

  Pharmacy: 101


  Certificate: 79

  Master's: 1,103

  Specialist: 33

  Doctoral: 209


  Associate: 1

  Baccalaureate: 288

  Master's: 12



  Associate: 1

  Baccalaureate: 168


  Associate: 102


  Associate: 122


  Associate: 60


  Associate: 44


  Baccalaureate: 643

  Master's: 9

  Certificate: 1   

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