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Graduates prepare for Saturday morning's commencement ceremony.
Saturday morning's commencement recognized graduates of the S.C. Honors College and College of Arts and Sciences. The afternoon session was devoted to graduates of eight other colleges and programs.

'09 grads off and running after commencement weekend

In a rousing cry of “Go Cocks!” Dr. Donald L. Fowler brought graduates of the University of South Carolina’s Saturday afternoon commencement ceremony to their feet.

Then Fowler, a well-known political consultant, advertising executive and educator, told the graduates that the University is a “City on a Hill.” It is, he said, a place of creativity, inspiration, tolerance, and illumination; a catalyst for growth and prosperity; and an institution with the power to influence others to achieve beyond their expected abilities.

The Saturday afternoon ceremony was the third and final one for recipients of bachelor’s and master’s degrees and brought to a close a weekend of commencements on the Columbia campus.

Earlier in the day, Smithsonian Institution Secretary Wayne Clough addressed graduates from the College of Arts and Sciences, and S.C. Honors College. Fowler’s address was directed to graduates of the 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; and Palmetto Programs.

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