Saturday afternoon, the university awarded 96 doctoral degrees at the Koger Center. Dr. Gordon Smith, director of the university’s Walker Institute of International and Area Studies, addressed the graduates.
In total, the university 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.
At Friday afternoon’s commencement, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post and an Orangeburg native, spoke to graduates and received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university.
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 Friday afternoon.
Earlier Friday, the School of Law awarded 202 degrees at commencement exercises on the historic Horseshoe. William C. Hubbard, a member and former chair of the USC Board of Trustees and a partner in the law firm of Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough, received an honorary doctor of laws degree.
At the Koger Center, the School of Medicine awarded degrees to 78 graduates Friday afternoon. Dr. O’Neill Barrett Jr. addressed graduates and an honorary doctorate of public administration was presented to Charles D. Beaman Jr., president and chief executive officer of Palmetto Health.
Robinson will address the 3 p.m. commencement Saturday, which honors graduates in the College of Education; College of Engineering and Computing; College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management; College of Social Work; School of Music; Fort Jackson Military Base Program; Interdisciplinary Programs; and Palmetto Programs.