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Eugene Robinson addresses graduates during Saturday afternoon's ceremony
Eugene Robinson addresses graduates at Saturday afternoon's ceremony.

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Donald Lilly, 27, has a new job as the director of men’s housing at North Greenville University. He was the intramural sports coordinator at North Greenville before earning his master’s degree, which he earned after three years of part-time classes.

Tiffany Hyde is in a similar situation. She has been the assistant social service director at White Oak Estates retirement and nursing home in Spartanburg County. With her new master’s in social work, she’s been promoted to the director’s job. She, too, was in the three-year, part-time program based in Greenville.

In his commencement address, Eugene Robinson, Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist for The Washington Post, urged graduates to do the difficult work necessary to make the nation stronger. Robinson received an honorary doctorate of humane letters from the university.

Degrees awarded at USC this weekend included 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.

Earlier Saturday, Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke, who grew up in Dillon, addressed graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the South Carolina Honors College. Bernanke received an honorary doctorate of business administration at the ceremony. Stephen James Lippard, an inorganic and bioinorganic chemistry researcher and educator, received an honorary doctorate of science.

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