Others were planning to head to graduate school or take a little time off before starting careers.
Thai Phi, a finance major in the Darla Moore School of Business, will leave in August to study in Spain, where he plans to finish a degree in Spanish. After that, the Sumter resident is leaving his options open. “I may go to graduate school or I may move to California,” he said. Viren Patel, 24, a marketing and management major in the Moore School, said he planned to take six months to relax, travel and pursue photography as a career. He is heading to Austin, Texas, and England this summer.
He credited his photography teacher at USC, Toby Morriss, for encouraging him to follow his passion. Morriss was killed in a motorcycle accident earlier this year.
“He changed my life,” Patel said.
The University of South Carolina Columbia campus is graduating 4,400 students this weekend. That includes 2,801 baccalaureate degrees; two associate degrees; 202 law degrees; 78 medical degrees; 106 pharmacy degrees; 49 graduate certificates; 1,035 master’s degrees; 31 specialist degrees; and 96 doctoral degrees.
At Friday afternoon’s ceremony, students in the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy, Arnold School of Public Health and the College of Pharmacy received degrees. Earlier Friday, the School of Law awarded 202 degrees at commencement exercises on the historic Horseshoe.