President Pastides speaking to a group of people on the Horseshoe

Harris Pastides' Speeches, Remarks and Editorials

While he was president, Harris Pastides presided at a wide range of major university events and shared his unique blend of vision and optimism.


Past Speeches

President's speech at historical marker dedication

USC President Harris Pastides speaks at the ceremony dedicating two historical markers on the Horseshoe honoring the enslaved men and women who helped build and worked at South Carolina College before the U.S. Civil War.

2016 State of the University Address

Prepared remarks delivered on Sept. 14, 2016 about how USC is poised to be the model for a 21st century university, shaped around the needs of its students.

President Pastides addresses May graduates

Speech delivered in May 2016, looking back on how quickly time passed and urging our graduates to work hard, always be courteous, and civic-minded and continue to be life-long learners.

Commencement remarks

Speech delivered in May 2015, urging our graduates to see the campus and their experiences through the eyes of changed people