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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.

Commencement

“It has been a big journey,” she said, “and there were times when I wasn’t sure that I would make it.”

But Richi got through those “times” with a 4.0 GPA and the help of her friends.

“It was a goal that I set for myself,” she said, motioning for her friend Jennifer Stokes of Camden to join her.

Stokes, another summa graduate, said she was drawn to the nursing profession because “I thought that I would have a stable job, and I could work anywhere.”

The young women have jobs at Providence Hospital after they take the national nursing licensure exam this month.

Standing on the Colonial Life Arena floor was nothing new to Ilona Burgrova, a former varsity basketball player who spent hundreds of hours playing and practicing in the building during her years at Carolina. She shared her joy at receiving a master’s degree in health promotion from the Arnold School of Public Health with her parents, Ilona and Frantifek Burgrova. The couple had flown in from the Czech Republic for their daughter’s graduation.

Burgrova recently signed a two-year contract with a professional women’s basketball team in France. In addition to playing basketball, she hopes to volunteer for a health organization “to stay in the field and, of course, save the world.”

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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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