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Bobby Harrell (center) with BOT chairman Miles Loadholt and BOT secretary Tommy Stepp
South Carolina House speaker Bobby Harrell (center) with board chairman Miles Loadholt and board secretary Tommy Stepp

Continued: Commencement

The second lesson: “Don’t forget to keep the home fires burning. Don’t forget your family … the most important obligation that you will ever have on this earth is to your family,” he said.

“The third thing is ‘don’t forget to dream.’ What life is worth living without a dream?”

Norwood, recently named first-team All-America by the Walter Camp Football Foundation, has long had a dream of playing professional football. The first step toward that dream will begin in January. “I’ll be training in Boca Raton, Florida,” said Norwood, who earned a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice.

Sitting three seats away from Norwood, Adam Neumeister of Warrington, Pa., is planning to travel abroad and work overseas. Neumeister, who earned a bachelor’s degree in economics, said he was drawn to Carolina “for business and football, and it’s been great.”

Glover said she doesn’t feel the pinch yet of not having a job. She has a fellowship at Palmetto Health Richland and plans to put her master’s degree in public health to work one day as the director of operations for a hospital unit. “I might be more nervous about the job market if I didn’t have this fellowship,” said Glover, whose mother, Dr. Saundra Glover, is a researcher and professor at the university’s Arnold School of Public Health.

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