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Speeches, Remarks and Editorials

President Harris Pastides is called upon to make remarks at major university events from convocation to commencement. Community organizations and local media outlets also seek out his thoughts on education and public health issues. His speeches, remarks and editorials are posted below.

A message to the Carolina Family

A message from Dr. Pastides and John C. von Lehe, Jr, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, encouraging the Carolina Family to commit to inclusivity and respect. 

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.

President's message to students

USC President Harris Pastides sends a message regarding the dangers of high risk behavior, like drinking and driving, and the importance of Stand Up Carolina following the death of a Carolina student.

A Thanksgiving message

An open letter on Nov. 18, 2016 to the Carolina Family wishing them well on this Thanksgiving weekend.

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.

Our Rich Generosity of Spirit

An open letter to the Carolina Family marking the 25th anniversary of the Carolinian Creed, a document created to foster a new age of civility and a generosity of spirit at the University of South Carolina.

Commencement remarks

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