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The weekend of ceremonies will get under way with commencement exercises for the School of Law at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, on the historic Horseshoe. Karen Johnson Williams, federal appellate court judge of the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., will speak and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The law school will confer 235 degrees.

At 12:30 p.m., the School of Medicine will award 68 medical degrees during its commencement ceremonies in the Koger Center. Dr. Robert S. Ireland of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of the university’s School of Medicine, will speak.

In addition to the law and medical degrees, the Columbia campus will award more than 3,820 baccalaureate and graduate degrees, including five associate degrees, 2,634 baccalaureate degrees, 120 Pharm.D. degrees, 32 graduate certificates, 1,005 master’s degrees and 27 specialist degrees.

Commencement exercises for 162 doctoral-degree candidates will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Koger Center. Dr. Michael Amiridis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, will speak.

Commencement exercises at the other campuses are as follows:

Aiken – 7 p.m. May 7 at the Convocation Center. June Hodges Murff, past president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, will speak and receive an honorary doctor of public service degree. The Aiken campus will award 271 baccalaureate and 15 master’s degrees.

Beaufort – 6 p.m. May 1, Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza at the South Campus in Bluffton. The speaker will be Harriet Keyserling, whose service in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1977 – 93 was marked by her expertise in the areas of education, the arts, the environment and nuclear waste. Keyserling will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Beaufort lawyer W. Brantley Harvey Jr., former S.C. lieutenant governor, and his wife, Helen C. Harvey, a former member of the university’s Board of Trustees, will receive honorary degrees.

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