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Bernanke, Robinson to address graduates

Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist Eugene Robinson will be among the speakers at the University of South Carolina’s commencement exercises for its Columbia campus May 7 –8.

Bernanke will address graduates during the commencement ceremony at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8, at the Colonial Life Arena and will receive an honorary doctorate of business administration. Graduates of South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences will receive degrees.

Bernanke grew up in Dillon, S.C., where he waited tables during summers at South of the Border, a restaurant and motel popular with travelers.

He began his second term Feb. 1, 2010, as chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. He took office as chairman in February 2006, when he also began a 14-year term as a member of the board. From June 2005 to January 2006, he was chairman of the President’s Council of Economic Advisors. Before joining the Federal Reserve, Bernanke was a professor of economics and public affairs and chair of the Economics Department at Princeton University. His teaching career also included serving as an associate and assistant professor of economics at the Graduate School of Business at Stanford University and as visiting professor of economics at New York University and at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He earned a B.A. in economics from Harvard University (summa cum laude), and a Ph.D. in economics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Robinson, an associate editor and columnist for The Washington Post, will address graduates at two ceremonies at the Colonial Life Arena – at 3 p.m. Friday, May 7, and at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 8. At the Friday ceremony, the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and Arnold School of Public Health will receive degrees. The 3 p.m. Saturday ceremony is for the Colleges of Education, Social Work, Engineering and Computing, Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management, the School of Music, the Fort Jackson Military Base Program, Interdisciplinary Programs and Palmetto Programs. Robinson will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree at the Friday ceremony.

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