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Commencement ceremonies

Commencement ceremonies are April 30-May 8

 

The University will hold commencement exercises for the Columbia and all other campuses April 30-May 8.

A free shuttle service will be available to take graduates and attendees to graduation events on the Columbia campus.

The schedule for ceremonies on the Columbia campus is:

William Hubbard, a member and former chair of the University's Board of Trustees, will be the speaker at commencement exercises for graduates of the School of Law at 9:30 a.m. May 7 on the Horseshoe. Hubbard, a graduate of the School of Law, is a partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP in Columbia. He will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Laws.

O'Neill Barrett, an author and former chair of the Department of Medicine at the USC School of Medicine, will be the speaker at commencement exercises for graduates of the School of Medicine at 12:30 p.m. May 7 in the Koger Center. Charles Beaman, president and chief executive officer of Palmetto Health, the largest integrated health care delivery system in South Carolina, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration.

Eugene Robinson
Eugene Robinson

Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson will give the commencement address at 3 p.m. May 7 in the Colonial Center for baccalaureate, master's, and professional degree graduates of the Darla Moore School of Business, the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, the College of Nursing, the S.C. College of Pharmacy, and the Norman J. Arnold School of Public Health. A native of Orangeburg, Robinson has worked at the Washington Post since 1980. He will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

Ben Bernanke
Ben Bernanke

Ben Bernanke, chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System and chair of the Federal Open Market Committee, will be the speaker at commencement exercises at 9:30 a.m. May 8 in the Colonial Center for baccalaureate, master's, and professional degree graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College. Bernanke, who grew up in Dillon, took office as chair of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System February 1, 2006, when he also began a 14-year term as a member of the board. He began his second term as chair of the board on February 1. Bernanke will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Business Administration.

Stephen James Lippard, an inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry researcher and educator, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

Gordon Smith, director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, will be the speaker for commencement exercises for doctoral degree candidates at 1 p.m. May 8 in the Koger Center.

Robinson will be the speaker at commencement exercises at 3 p.m. May 8 in the Colonial Center for baccalaureate, master's, and professional degree graduates of the 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; and College of Social Work.

Jonathan Green
Jonathan Green

The schedule for ceremonies at the University's other campuses is:

Gullah artist Jonathan Green will be the speaker at commencement exercises at USC Beaufort at 6 p.m. April 30 at the Brantley and Helen Harvey Plaza on the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton. Joseph B. Fraser Jr., Hilton Head Island developer and philanthropist, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.

William Lee McDow, whose medical practice spanned more than five decades in Kershaw and Lancaster counties, will be the speaker at commencement exercises at USC Lancaster at 2:30 p.m. May 1 at the James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.

Henry H. Johnson III, president and CEO of the Upstate Alliance, will be the speaker at commencement exercises at USC Union at 7 p.m. May 1 in the Truluck Activity Center.

M. Edward Sellers, chair and CEO of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina and the Companion group of companies, will be the speaker at commencement exercises at USC Salkehatchie at 7 p.m. May 3 at the Conference Center on the West Campus.

William "Bill" Barnet III will be the speaker and receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service at commencement exercises at USC Upstate at 7 p.m. May 4 on the Quad behind the Administration Building. Barnet is the chief executive officer of the Barnet Company and Barnet Development Company.

Charles T. "Bud" Ferillo Jr., will be the speaker at commencement exercises at USC Sumter at 7 p.m. May 5 in the Nettles Auditorium. Ferillo owns and operates the Columbia-based firm Ferillo & Associates Inc, which represents businesses, educational institutions, and nonprofit organizations, providing communications planning, public relations, and advertising services.

Nils Juan Diaz
Nils Juan Diaz

Nils Juan Diaz, past chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, will be the speaker and receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service at commencement exercises at USC Aiken at 7 p.m. May 6 in the Convocation Center. Artist Jim Harrison will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Fine Arts.

The University will award more than 5,800 degrees during commencement ceremonies at all campuses.

USC Columbia will award two associate degrees; 2,794 baccalaureate degrees; 202 law degrees; 78 medicine degrees; 106 pharmacy degrees, 49 graduate certificates; 1,035 master's degrees; 31 specialist degrees; and 169 doctoral degrees.

USC Aiken will award 284 baccalaureate degrees and 16 master's degrees; USC Beaufort will award one associate degree and 108 baccalaureate degrees; USC Lancaster will award 140 associate degrees; USC Salkehatchie will award 145 associate degrees; USC Sumter will award 60 associate degrees; and USC Union will award 38 associate degrees; and USC Upstate will award 624 baccalaureate degrees and five master's degrees.

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Posted: 04/20/10 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 06/09/10 @ 3:56 PM | Permalink

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