The new issues facing the country will be difficult, too, from adjusting to a nation that, within 40 years, will have no racial or ethnic majority, to figuring out how to develop sources of energy that do not harm our fragile planet.
“You have the knowledge and skills to find the solutions,” he said. “It’s the really hard things in life that are worth doing. Go out there and do them.”
Among those graduates ready to start making a difference was Robbie Clifton, who received his doctorate in pharmacy Friday, in the first graduating class of the South Carolina College of Pharmacy. The pharmacy schools at USC and the Medical University of South Carolina were combined six years ago.
Clifton, a 26-year-old from Spartanburg, said he always knew he wanted a career in healthcare, originally thinking he wanted to be a doctor.
“I’m a good people person, and pharmacy has that easy contact. I want to help people live longer, healthier, happier lives. I’m excited about it,” said Clifton, who already has accepted a job at a CVS pharmacy in Myrtle Beach.
Christopher Wagner of Columbia was another graduate ready for a career in healthcare. The red cross and the words “Nurse” on the top of his mortarboard gave it away.