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Lead with Distinction


Advancing leadership is an important component of USC’s role as the flagship university of South Carolina and its dedication to educating the future leaders of SC, the nation, and the world.

Students graduating with Leadership Distinction demonstrate extensive, purposeful engagement beyond the classroom; understanding of course concepts in “real world” settings; and application of learning to make decisions and solve problems: Cornerstones of USC Connect.

This formal distinction honors the broader scope of achievements for students engaged within and beyond the classroom and sets them apart in ways worthy of recognition by others (e.g., potential employers, graduate schools).

 

Earning Leadership Distinction

Students can earn Leadership Distinction if they graduate:

  • With an associate or baccalaureate degree in any major
  • From USC Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter or Union
  • With a GPA of 3.0 or greater

Graduation “with Leadership Distinction” is available in the following pathways:

The distinction appears on graduates’ transcripts “with Leadership Distinction in… (Pathway Name)”.

General Requirements

For more detail, please see the specific pathways above. In order to graduate with Leadership Distinction, students must:

  1. Attend a USC Connect Graduation with Leadership Distinction orientation session no later than the semester prior to their graduation semester.
  2. Formally apply to graduate with Leadership Distinction. Application packets contain detailed information on requirements. Start early (first or second year recommended)!
  3. Complete all academic requirements including a GPA of 3.0 or greater. A brief summary of requirements at the baccalaureate and associate levels follows. For further details, see Graduation with Leadership Distinction pathways (i.e., community service, global learning, professional and civic engagement, research).

Baccalaureate Degree

    • Beyond-the-Classroom Core Experience as specified for the pathway
    • 3 Enhancement Experiences (e.g., lecture, workshop, special event)
    • 6 credits related coursework
    • Presentation or publication (e.g., Discovery Day)
    • E-portfolio

Associate Degree

    • Beyond-the-Classroom Core Experience as specified for the pathway
    • 2 Enhancement Experiences (e.g., lecture, workshop, special event)
    • 3 credits related coursework
    • Presentation or publication (e.g., Discovery Day)
    • E-portfolio


 


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