Lamar Johnson of Aiken is also hoping to teach – in another year. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English education for middle and high school but starts graduate school at USC Monday in English education.
“I met people from all over the world here,” Johnson said. “I met people I wouldn’t normally be around. It’s been great.”
Criminal-justice majors and friends Allan Bolin of York and Jason Allgood of Marietta, Ga., are ready to start their careers.
“I’ve loved it here since Day One. I’m going to be sticking around,” said Bolin, who has accepted a job with the USC police department. He had worked as a campus safety officer and then had an internship with the campus police.
Allgood will start training in January to be a national park ranger. After training, he will be placed wherever there is an opening in the national-park system, but his goal is to get to Yellowstone.
Also at Saturday morning’s commencement, Stephen James Lippard, an inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry researcher and educator, received an honorary doctorate of science.