University of South Carolina

USC commencement ceremonies set

By Megan Sexton,, 803-777-1421

The former U.S. secretary of defense, the home-grown lead singer for Hootie and the Blowfish and the former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom are among the speakers for the May 2013 commencement ceremonies at the University of South Carolina.

Robert Gates, chancellor of the College of William and Mary, former director of the Central Intelligence Agency and secretary of defense appointed by President George W. Bush, will address graduates at the Friday, May 10, commencement exercises. The 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena will include students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health. Gates will receive an honorary degree of doctor of public service.

Also at the Friday ceremony, J. Brady Anderson, a former ambassador to Tanzania and the former administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development, will receive a doctor of public service honorary degree. Leo Twiggs, one of South Carolina’s preeminent artists and arts educators, will receive an honorary doctor of fine arts degree.

On Saturday, May 11, Darius Rucker, a country music artist who rocketed to fame as the lead singer and rhythm guitarist with the rock band Hootie and the Blowfish, will speak at the 9:30 a.m. commencement ceremonies. Rucker will address graduates of the South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. Rucker, who formed Hootie and the Blowfish with three fellow USC students in 1986, will receive a doctor of music honorary degree.

Also at the Saturday morning ceremony, Benjamin B. Dunlap, author, lecturer and president of Wofford College, will receive an honorary degree of doctor of education.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, Philip Lader, the former U.S. ambassador to the United Kingdom and chairman of the world’s largest communications services group, will address 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. Lader, the former president of Winthrop University, is a partner in the Charleston offices of the Nelson Mullins Riley and Scarborough law firm and chairman of the communications services firm WPP Group Plc.

Also at the Saturday afternoon ceremony, Kessel Stelling Jr., chairman of the board and CEO of the Georgia-based Synovus Financial Corp., will receive a doctor of business administration honorary degree.

The Columbia campus commencement ceremonies begin at 9:30 a.m. Friday, May 10, when Stephen Zack, the former president of the American Bar Association and the first Hispanic-American to hold that position, addresses graduates of the School of Law on the historic Horseshoe.

Also Friday, Dr. Richard E. Besser, a physician and chief health and medical editor for ABC News who previously served as acting director for the Centers for Disease Control, will address graduates of the USC School of Medicine at 12:30 p.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 11, the doctoral commencement and hooding ceremony will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts. Charles Bierbauer, dean of the College of Mass Communications and Information Studies and a former CNN correspondent, will address the graduates.

The university’s other campuses will hold commencement ceremonies this spring, including:

USC Aiken: 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, Convocation Center. Martin M. Koffel will address graduates and receive an honorary degree.

USC Beaufort: 6 p.m. Friday, May 3, Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza on the Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton. John Martin Hicks Hart Jr. will address graduates and receive an honorary degree. Emory Wayne Rushton will receive an honorary degree.

USC Lancaster: 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Bundy Auditorium, James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building. Elizabeth Daly will address graduates.

USC Salkehatchie: 7 p.m. Monday, May 6, Salkehatchie Commons. Faye Gooding will address graduates.

USC Sumter: 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 8, Nettles Building auditorium. Patty Jaye G. Patterson will address graduates.

USC Union: 6:30 p.m. Saturday, May 4, Truluck Center. Curtis Rogers will address graduates.

USC Upstate: 7 p.m. May 7, USC Upstate Quadrangle. Katherine A. Dunleavy will address graduates.

USC degree candidates, Spring 2013

Total, all campuses: 6,456

Total, Columbia campus: 4,863

Total, Regional campuses: 1,593


   Baccalaureate: 3,098

   Law: 211

   Medicine: 84

   Pharmacy: 110

   Graduate certificate: 38

   Master's degree: 1,098

   Specialist degree: 33

   Doctoral: 191


   Baccalaureate: 323

   Master's: 14


   Associate: 2

   Baccalaureate: 185


   Associate: 117


   Associate: 178


   Associate: 56


   Associate: 50


   Baccalaureate: 663

   Master's: 5

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Posted: 03/29/13 @ 4:00 AM | Updated: 05/07/13 @ 6:14 PM | Permalink