UofSC commencement set for May 6-7

The past president of the American Bar Association, the chairman and CEO of Fluor Corp. and the chief public policy officer for the Boeing Co. will deliver the commencement addresses May 6-7 at the University of South Carolina.

William Hubbard, the 2014-15 president of the American Bar Association and a member of the university’s Board of Trustees since 1986, will address graduates at 3 p.m. Friday, May 6. The ceremony, in the Colonial Life Arena, includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College Information and Communications, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.

Hubbard is a partner in the law firm of Nelson, Mullins Riley & Scarborough in Columbia, where he heads the firm’s business litigation and employment law group. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of South Carolina. He was awarded an honorary Doctor of Laws from the university in 2010.

At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, Timothy Keating, senior vice president of government operations for the Boeing Co., will address graduates of the South Carolina Honors College and the College of Arts and Sciences. He will receive the honorary degree of doctor of business administration. Keating is a member of the executive council of Boeing, the world's leading aerospace company. He leads the company's public policy efforts and its Global Corporate Citizenship organization.

Also at the ceremony, Rosa and Winton Eugene, self-taught ceramics artists, will receive the honorary degrees of Doctor of Fine Arts.

At 3 p.m. Saturday, David Seaton, a Carolina alumnus who serves as chairman and CEO of Fluor, one of the world’s leading and largest engineering, procurement, construction and maintenance services companies, 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 College, the School of Music and the College of Social Work.

Seaton, a 1984 graduate of the University of South Carolina, served as chairman for Carolina’s Promise, the university’s $1 billion capital campaign that successfully concluded last year. In 2014, the university awarded Seaton an honorary Doctor of Business Administration degree.

Also at the Saturday afternoon ceremony, Mike McGee, director of athletics at the University of South Carolina from 1993 to 2005, will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Administration.

Please note: For those who cannot attend, live streaming of all three Columbia bachelor’s and master’s commencement addresses will be available at http://sc.edu/commencement

The Columbia campus commencement ceremonies begin at 9 a.m. Friday, May 6, when Malinda Dunn addresses graduates of the School of Law on the historic Horseshoe. Dunn, a retired brigadier general, is the executive director of the American Inns of Court.

At noon Friday, Dr. Darrell G. Kirch, president and CEO of the Association of American Medical Colleges, will address graduates of the School of Medicine and receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science during the ceremony at the Koger Center for the Arts.

At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 7, the doctoral commencement and hooding ceremony will take place at the Koger Center for the Arts. Woody Holton, the university’s McCausland professor of history, will address graduates.

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

USC Salkehatchie: Noon, April 29. Vernita Dore of the U.S. Department of Agriculture will be the commencement speaker.

USC Beaufort: 6 p.m., April 29. Former Congressman Robert “Bob” Inglis Sr. will address graduates and receive an honorary degree. Gullah storyteller Louise Miller Cohen also will receive an honorary degree.

USC Lancaster: 2:30 p.m., April 30. Nathaniel “Nate” Barber of South State Bank will address graduates.

USC Union: 6 p.m., April 30. Congressman John Michael “Mick” Mulvaney will address graduates.

USC Upstate: 6 p.m., May 3. Chancellor Thomas F. Moore will address graduates. State Rep. Merita A. “Rita” Allison will receive an honorary degree.

USC Sumter: 11 a.m., May 4. Michelle Logan-Owens of Palmetto Health Tuomey will address graduates.

USC Aiken: 6 p.m., May 4. Carol Johnson of Savannah River Nuclear Solutions will address graduates and receive an honorary degree.

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