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USC commencement exercises continue May 5

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-5400

The chairman of JP Morgan Chase Midwest and South Carolina’s leading historian are the speakers at spring commencement ceremonies Saturday, May 5, at the University of South Carolina’s Columbia campus.

Glenn Tilton, chairman of JPMorgan Chase Midwest who received his degree in international studies from USC, will address graduates of the South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. The ceremony is set for 9:30 a.m. in the Colonial Life Arena. Tilton, who previously served as chairman and CEO of United Airlines and of Texaco, will receive an honorary degree: doctor of business administration.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, USC history professor Walter Edgar will address graduates of the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management, the Fort Jackson Military Base Program, Interdisciplinary Programs, Palmetto Programs, the School of Music and the College of Social Work. Edgar is the Claude Henry Neuffer professor of Southern Studies, director of the Institute for Southern Studies at USC and an acclaimed writer, editor, speaker and radio show host. He is the author of “South Carolina, A History.”

Also at the ceremony, Tommy Suggs, president and CEO of KeenanSuggs Insurance in Columbia, a former Carolina quarterback and a color analyst for the Gamecock Radio Network, will receive a doctor of business administration honorary degree.

The 9:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. commencement exercises will be streamed online at

At 1 p.m. the doctoral commencement and hooding ceremony will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts.  James D. Cutsinger, professor of religious studies and the 2011 Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year, will address the doctoral candidates.

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Posted: 05/05/12 @ 7:00 AM | Updated: 05/05/12 @ 8:47 PM | Permalink



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