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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.


Brian Gadsden of Charleston, who earned a bachelor’s degree in computer information systems, will get up Monday morning and head back to his part-time information technology job in the University’s department of athletics.

Gadsden, who transferred to Carolina from Charleston Southern University, said he started out in business studies but changed his major because of his interest in computers.

“This is a great campus, a great place to be,” said Gadsden, echoing Fowler’s “City on a Hill” theme. “Education has always been important to me.”

Gadsden earned his degree by working and with the assistance of scholarships and loans. Despite the challenges, he was always optimistic about reaching his goal of a college education.

“As long as you have a plan, everything will come together,” he said.

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