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Eugene Robinson addresses graduates during Saturday afternoon's ceremony
Eugene Robinson addresses graduates at Saturday afternoon's ceremony.

Continued: Graduates

“I came here not knowing anyone and made friends I’ll have for the rest of my life,” Brown said. “I wish it didn’t go by so fast.”

College of Education graduates are trying to find teaching jobs in a tough job market.

“I’m hoping to get a teaching job in South Carolina,” said Meredith Wicker, 21, of Pawleys Island, who wants to teach third or fourth grade. She has had a few interviews with school districts, and is waiting to see what happens with school budgets.

Kristen Smith, 22, of Chicago, is also hoping to find a job in early childhood education. She isn’t sure about the job market, but she knows she wants to stay in the region.

“I love the South so much more than the North. I’m definitely staying here.”

Chane Brown, 26, received his master’s in physical education at the Saturday afternoon ceremony. He has spent the past six years as the student manager for the Carolina women’s basketball team. He’s hoping to teach and coach basketball in high school or at a higher level.

Two graduates are using their new master’s degrees in social work for job promotions.

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