William C. Hubbard, a member and former chair of the USC Board of Trustees, and a partner in the firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, received an honorary doctor of laws degree. He told graduates they are now qualified to do what lawyers do best – right a wrong.
“That is your opportunity. Even more, it is your responsibility,” Hubbard said. “There is too much rancor, too much yelling, and not enough civil discourse. You can lead a renaissance of civil discourse. It is your duty to do so.”
“Don’t say, ‘I can’t do that.’ Say, ‘How can I make that happen?” he said. “The only limit is the limit of your own courage. Have courage, hope, be civil, right a wrong, and never forget, especially on glorious days like today, to have fun.”
At the Koger Center, the School of Medicine awarded degrees to 78 graduates Friday afternoon. Dr. O’Neill Barrett Jr., a retired doctor and professor of medicine, told the graduates to put the needs of patients and families first as they start their medical careers. “We ought to serve, not be served,” said Barrett, who said that he hoped the new doctors’ “ongoing thoughts will be of the patient, the patient, the patient.”
An honorary doctorate of public administration was presented to Charles D. Beaman Jr., president and chief executive officer of Palmetto Health, at the School of Medicine commencement.