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Commencement exercises on campus Friday included ceremonies for the School of Law, School of Medicine, and undergraduate and graduate ceremonies for five other colleges and schools.
Commencement exercises on campus Friday included ceremonies for the School of Law, School of Medicine, and undergraduate and graduate ceremonies for five other colleges and schools.

C-SPAN founder tells graduates to pursue what they love

“Make sure that your stomach doesn’t hurt.”

And if it does, do something else.

The advice to graduates at the University of South Carolina commencement ceremony Friday (May 8) came from C-SPAN founder Brian Lamb, who arrived at law school only to find that the career path that his father had wanted for him didn’t feel right.

The clue? His stomach hurt.

Brian Lamb
Brian Lamb

“I didn’t want to be there,” said Lamb, who was awarded an honorary doctorate of humanities during the ceremony.

Speaking to graduates at the first of three commencement ceremonies for recipients of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, Lamb said he lasted only three days in law school. After his stomach ache , he joined the Navy, then worked in Washington, D.C., and ultimately founded C-SPAN.

“Don’t worry about what anyone else thinks,” he said. “If you don’t want to do it, it will show.”

Brandi Richi of Fort Mill, graduating summa cum laude from the College of Nursing, gathered with friends to celebrate the day.

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Saturday (May 9) schedule
At Colonial Life Arena

 

   9:30 a.m.

  • Honors College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • Speaker: Gerald Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former president of the Georgia Institute of Technology

 

   1 p.m.

  • Doctoral degree ceremony
  • Speaker: Michael Amiridis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing

 

   3:30 p.m.

  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management
  • Fort Jackson Military Base Program
  • Interdisciplinary Programs
  • School of Music
  • College of Social Work
  • Palmetto Programs
  • Speaker: Donald L. Fowler, advertising executive and political consultant and former chair of the Democratic National Committee

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