An Orangeburg native and a graduate of Orangeburg Wilkinson High School, Robinson won the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his writing about the 2008 presidential campaign. He has spent 25 years at The Washington Post, working as city hall reporter, city editor, foreign correspondent and assistant managing editor in charge of the paper’s Style section. In 2005 he started writing a column for the op-ed page. His work is syndicated through the Washington Post Writers Group. He is a frequent commentator on MSNBC and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Stephen James Lippard, an inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry researcher and educator, will receive an honorary doctorate of science during the ceremony Saturday morning.
The weekend of ceremonies will get under way with commencement exercises for the School of Law at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 7, on the historic Horseshoe. Columbia attorney William C. Hubbard, a member and former chair of the USC Board of Trustees, will speak and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. Hubbard, a partner with Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, is the chair of the House of Delegates of the American Bar Association, the second highest elected office in the organization. The law school will confer 201 degrees.
At 12:30 p.m., the School of Medicine will award 78 medical degrees during its commencement ceremonies in the Koger Center. Dr. O’Neill Barrett Jr., a retired professor and former chair of the Department of Medicine at the USC School of Medicine, will speak. Charles D. Beaman Jr., president and chief executive officer of Palmetto Health, will receive an honorary doctor of public administration degree.
Commencement exercises for 96 doctoral degree candidates will take place at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 8, in the Koger Center. Dr. Gordon Smith, director of the Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, will speak.
The Columbia campus expects to award two associate degrees; 2,761 baccalaureate degrees; 106 pharmacy degrees, 48 graduate certificates; 1,026 master’s degrees; and 30 specialist degrees.
Commencement exercises at the other campuses are as follows: