In encouraging the graduates to “shout your big dreams,” Voigt said that success “all starts with education.”
For some, the road to a college degree was winding.
John Irvin of Charleston began his pursuit of a college degree in 1994 at the University of South Carolina, but took time off to travel throughout the United States and Europe before discovering a desire to help troubled youth.
Irvin earned a bachelor’s degree in liberal studies, with an emphasis on criminal justice and psychology, and also minored in business administration. He’s had an internship with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice and also received an achievement award for his work with juvenile offenders.
“If I can help just one juvenile, then my studies will be worth it,” said Irvin.
The university awarded 1,000 degrees from the Columbia campus, including three associate’s degrees, 502 baccalaureate degrees, five law degrees, 10 graduate certificates, 400 master’s degrees, 19 specialist’s degrees and 61 doctoral degrees.
The university also awarded degrees from its regional and four-year campuses: Aiken – 66 baccalaureate and 11 master’s degrees; Beaufort – four associate’s degrees and 35 baccalaureate degrees; Lancaster – 10 associate’s degrees; Salkehatchie – 10 associate’s degrees; Sumter – seven associate’s degrees; and Upstate – 230 baccalaureate degree and two master’s degrees.
Earlier in the day, the university awarded 61 doctoral degrees in the Koger Center. Dr. Katherine E. Chaddock, an associate professor in the department of educational leadership and policies in the College of Education, was guest speaker.