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I.S. Leevy Johnson (center) prepares to receive honorary degree. Board chairman Miles Loadholt (left) and secretary Tommy Stepp accompany Johnson.
I.S. Leevy Johnson (center) prepares to receive honorary degree. Board Chairman Miles Loadholt (left) and Secretary Tommy Stepp accompany Johnson.

Continued: Commencement

Megan Mulligan
Megan Mulligan

Megan Mulligan of Belton has a job waiting for her next week. She starts Thursday as a teaching assistant in a first- and second-grade classroom at Pontiac Elementary School in Richland County. She graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish and a minor in education at Saturday’s commencement.

“I’m excited, nervous and relieved it’s finally here,” Mulligan said. “I’ve loved every aspect of it.”

Shanovia Owens
Shanovia Owens

Sitting on the same row was Shanovia Owens of Allendale, who earned her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She spent her first two years at USC-Salkehatchie before transferring to Columbia and plans to go to graduate school in professional counseling.

“I’m the first in my family to receive a bachelor’s degree,” Owens said. “My family’s all here. They’re pretty proud of me.”

USC President Harris Pastides welcomed the graduates, calling them the first class to graduate following the baseball team’s national championship earlier this summer. He spoke of the team’s inspirational march through the College World Series, playing in multiple elimination games – at one point down to its last strike – before rallying to win.

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2010 Summer Commencement

  • Who: Columbia lawyer I.S. Leevy Johnson delivered address
  • What: Graduation ceremony for all eight USC campuses
  • When: Saturday, Aug. 7, 2010
  • Where: Colonial Life Arena
  • How many: Columbia campus -- one associate’s degree, 552 baccalaureate degrees, eight law degrees, one pharmacy degree, 10 graduate certificates, 388 master’s degrees, five specialist’s degrees and 90 doctoral degrees; Aiken campus – 61 baccalaureate and two master’s degrees; Beaufort campus – 38 baccalaureate degrees; Lancaster campus – 14 associate’s degrees; Salkehatchie campus – five associate’s degrees; Sumter campus – 10 associate’s degrees; Union campus – eight associate’s degrees; and Upstate campus – 239 baccalaureate degree and four master’s degrees.

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