University of South Carolina

Former N.Y. Gov. George Pataki to address USC graduates

Former New York Gov. George Pataki will speak at the University of South Carolina summer commencement exercises for baccalaureate, master’s and professional-degree recipients from all eight campuses at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug.6, in the Colonial Life Arena.

Commencement exercises for doctoral candidates will be at 8:30 a.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Pataki was New York’s governor during the Sept. 11 attacks. As governor and since leaving office, he has championed policies in renewable energy and environmental fields. He will receive an honorary Doctor of Laws degree. Northwestern University chemist and materials scientist Tobin J. Marks will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science degree.

The university expects to award 1,110 degrees from the Columbia campus, including four associate’s degree, 536 baccalaureate degrees, one pharmacy degree, one medicine degree, 10 graduate certificates, 425 master’s degrees, 28 specialist’s degrees and 105 doctoral degrees.

Also receiving degrees will be the graduates of the university’s regional and four-year campuses: Aiken, 73 baccalaureate and seven master’s degrees; Beaufort, one associate’s degree and 54 baccalaureate degrees; Lancaster, 23 associate’s degrees; Salkehatchie,17 associate’s degrees; Sumter, 14 associate’s degrees; Union, eight associate’s degrees; and Upstate, 173 baccalaureate degree and four master’s degrees.

Pataki was governor of New York from 1995 through 2006, serving during the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on New York City. Now working as an attorney with the New York law firm of Chadbourne and Parke, he specializes in environmental, corporate and climate change law.

During his tenure as New York’s governor, Pataki’s initiatives included the protection of more than 1 million acres of open space, the adoption of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, the implementation of the nation’s first green building tax credit, and programs to enhance the production and use of alternative energy including biodiesel, ethanol, fuel cells and clean coal.

In 2005, Business Week named Pataki one of the world’s top 20 “individuals who stand out for their efforts to cut gases that cause global warming.”

He was elected mayor of Peekskill, N.Y., in 1981, and served as an assemblyman and a senator in the New York State Legislature from 1985 to 1994. Pataki earned his bachelor’s degree from Yale University and his law degree from Columbia Law School.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 07/22/11 @ 12:05 AM | Updated: 07/28/11 @ 8:51 AM | Permalink