Commencement: Around the system
Posted on: May 4, 2016; Updated on: May 4, 2016
Whether you're a Gamecock or a Fire Ant, a University of South Carolina commencement
ends with "Forever to Thee." We captured a few images from UofSC commencement exercises
at Aiken, Beaufort, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter, Union and Upstate.
USC Beaufort nursing students display their creative and unique graduation caps.
USC Union’s commencement speaker, U.S. Rep. Mick Mulvaney, told graduates: "You live
in the only country in the history of the planet that was created specifically so
that you could be the best teacher, the best mother, the best preacher — the best
all of the above. That is what it means to be American."
USC Lancaster graduate Brandon Michael Newton, 2016 recipient of the Clara P. Hammond
Award, was the first Palmetto College graduate to earn BOL & BLS degrees simultaneously.
At USC Salkehatchie, student of the year, honor graduate and graduate with leadership
dinstinction, Cody Youmans said of Joe Siren, the 2016 Distinguished Teaching Award
Recipient: "There are so many people in this world with so many different cultures
and because of Professor Siren I have learned to respect other people’s cultures just
as much as I respect mine."
USC Sumter’s Julia Sorrells (left) represents the Fire Ant women’s tennis team’s motto
#antup with her graduation cap. Rebekah Davis (right) revealed for the first time
her role as USC Sumter’s mascot “Blaze” by wearing her costume’s shoes when crossing
USC Upstate nursing graduate Jody Layout cannot contain her excitement at commencement
— the last one for Upstate Chancellor Tom Moore, who reminded graduates to stay #SpartanStrong.
USC Aiken had more than 400 graduates, including eight international students from
countries including Brazil, Italy, Jamaica, China and Saudi Arabia.
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