University of South Carolina

University announces commencement schedule

The University of South Carolina will hold commencement exercises for its Columbia campus May 8 – 9.

Three ceremonies will be held for bachelor’s and master’s graduates to accommodate the increasing number of students and their families who are attending the ceremonies.

Brian Lamb, the founder of C-SPAN (the Cable-Satellite Public Affairs Network) and the CEO of the network since its establishment in 1979, will address graduates of the first undergraduate ceremony, set for 3 p.m. Friday, May 8, at the Colonial Life Arena.

He will receive an honorary doctor of humanities degree at the ceremony, during which graduates of the Moore School of Business, the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, the College of Nursing, the S.C. College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health will receive degrees.

G. Wayne Clough, secretary of the Smithsonian Institution and a past president of the Georgia Institute of Technology, will address the 9:30 a.m. Saturday ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena. Clough will receive an honorary doctor of engineering degree at the morning ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Honors College.

Donald L. Fowler, chairman of Fowler Communications Inc. in Columbia, and a former national chair of the Democratic National Committee, will speak at the 3:30 p.m. ceremony for graduates of the College of Education; the College of Engineering and Computing; the College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; the Fort Jackson Military Base Program; Interdisciplinary Programs; Palmetto Programs; the School of Music; and the College of Social Work. Fowler will be awarded an honorary doctor of public service degree.

The weekend of ceremonies will get under way with commencement exercises for the School of Law at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 8, on the historic Horseshoe. Karen Johnson Williams, federal appellate court judge of the 4th Circuit in Richmond, Va., will speak and receive an honorary doctor of laws degree. The law school will confer 235 degrees.

At 12:30 p.m., the School of Medicine will award 68 medical degrees during its commencement ceremonies in the Koger Center. Dr. Robert S. Ireland of the U.S. Air Force and a graduate of the university’s School of Medicine, will speak.

In addition to the law and medical degrees, the Columbia campus will award more than 3,820 baccalaureate and graduate degrees, including five associate degrees, 2,634 baccalaureate degrees, 120 Pharm.D. degrees, 32 graduate certificates, 1,005 master’s degrees and 27 specialist degrees.

Commencement exercises for 162 doctoral-degree candidates will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in the Koger Center. Dr. Michael Amiridis, dean of the College of Engineering and Computing, will speak.

Commencement exercises at the other campuses are as follows:

Aiken – 7 p.m. May 7 at the Convocation Center. June Hodges Murff, past president of the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce, will speak and receive an honorary doctor of public service degree. The Aiken campus will award 271 baccalaureate and 15 master’s degrees.

Beaufort – 6 p.m. May 1, Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza at the South Campus in Bluffton. The speaker will be Harriet Keyserling, whose service in the S.C. House of Representatives from 1977 – 93 was marked by her expertise in the areas of education, the arts, the environment and nuclear waste. Keyserling will receive an honorary doctor of humane letters degree. Beaufort lawyer W. Brantley Harvey Jr., former S.C. lieutenant governor, and his wife, Helen C. Harvey, a former member of the university’s Board of Trustees, will receive honorary degrees.

The Beaufort campus will award 2 associate and 86 baccalaureate degrees.

Lancaster – 2:30 p.m. May 2, Charles A. Bundy Auditorium of the James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. Congressman James Clyburn, U.S. House of Representatives Majority Whip, will speak. The Lancaster campus will award 157 associate degrees.

Salkehatchie -- 7 p.m. May 4, Conference Center, West Campus. Joe Winkelsas, a former pitcher for the Atlanta Braves, will speak. The Salkehatchie campus will award 84 associate degrees.

Sumter -- 7 p.m. May 6, Nettles Building Auditorium. Retired Gen. T. Michael Moseley, a former member of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, will speak. The Sumter campus will award 34 associate degrees.

Union -- 7 p.m. May 2, Main Building Auditorium. John W. Fields, a lawyer and former member of the university’s Board of Trustees, will speak. The Union campus will award 31 associate degrees.

Upstate -- 7 p.m. May 5, Quad behind the Administrative Building. Amy-Jill Levine, the E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Professor of New Testament Studies at Vanderbilt University Divinity School, will speak and receive a doctor of religious education honorary degree. The Upstate campus will award 517 baccalaureate and 13 master’s degrees.

By Office of Media Relations

Posted: 05/06/09 @ 12:00 AM | Updated: 05/06/09 @ 5:00 PM | Permalink