“I’ll miss the atmosphere, the people,” he said of his tenure at Carolina. “I came to USC because it’s a great school with great academics. I’ve always been a Gamecock fan, and I always will be.”
Earlier in the day, the School of Law awarded 235 degrees in a ceremony on the university’s historic Horseshoe. The School of Medicine awarded 68 medical degrees in a ceremony at the Koger Center.
Commencement continues Saturday, May 9, with a 9:30 a.m. ceremony at the Colonial Life Arena for bachelor’s and master’s degree candidates from South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and former president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will speak.
Don Fowler, an advertising executive and political consultant and former chair of the Democratic National Committee, will speak at 3:30 p.m. at the last bachelor’s and master’s degree commencement exercise.
The university will award 91 doctoral degrees at a 1 p.m. ceremony at the Koger Center. Dr. Michael Amiridis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, will speak.
The university also will award five associate’s degrees, 2,676 baccalaureate degrees, 120 pharmacy degrees, 33 certificates, 1,016 master’s degrees and 28 specialist’s degrees from its Columbia campus.