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Jon Huntsman Jr.
Jon Huntsman Jr.

A USC day of celebration: Spring commencement

His last bit of advice: Never forget to rock ‘n’ roll. For the graduates, Saturday morning was a chance to look back -- and ahead. Dusty Baker, a biology major from Bishopville graduating from the South Carolina Honors College, will attend medical school at the Medical University of South Carolina.

“This is probably one of the proudest moments of my life,” Baker said. “I grew up a Gamecock fan. I’m ecstatic to be here today.”

His friend, Hudson Harper, a math major from Birmingham, Ala., who was graduating from South Carolina Honors College, will head to Boston University to pursue a doctorate in math.

“I came here because they had a great recruiting program. It was friendly and organized. I think it’s the organization that impressed me the most,” Harper said.

Jillian Michaud of Philadelphia, who graduated with a psychology degree, plans to move to Argentina, where she will work for Campus Crusade for Christ at the University of Buenos Aires.

Mia Matos, an English major from Charleston, will start law school at the Charleston School of Law in the fall and hopes to become a district attorney. “I want to work with juveniles. I love kids; they are our future. If we can get it right when they are little, we need to do that.”

Bachelor’s and master’s Ceremony (Third of Three)

Business leader Edward Sellers told University of South Carolina graduates he wasn’t going to offer them any inspirational stories as their commencement speaker Saturday afternoon (May 7). Instead, he offered a few skill sets:

Develop an actual awareness of the passage of time.

Learn the power to develop critical thinking and “viciously seek the truth.”

Be able to do the uncomfortable thing and spend time with people who are different.

“I believe the most dangerous numbing thing you can do is to simply spend time with your own tribe, with your own clan, and with your own group,” he said. “If you don’t have the courage to go beyond your tribe, to go beyond your clan, you will not even understand what in fact you don’t know. You have to do the uncomfortable thing and spend time with folks that are so different from you it makes you uncomfortable.”

And a little humbleness goes a long way, too.

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