COLLEGE NOTES: USC summer commencement to be held Saturday

August 4, 2013 

USC president Harris Pastides heads to the stage during Friday's commencement ceremony. Former U.S. defense secretary and CIA director Robert Gates was the commencement speaker.

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USC summer commencement to be held Saturday

More than 1,500 students from all eight University of South Carolina campuses will receive degrees at the summer commencement ceremony Saturday at 10:30 a.m. at the Colonial Life Arena.

Barry Black, U.S. Senate chaplain and former U.S. Navy chief of chaplains, will address graduates. Black is the first African-American and first Seventh-day Adventist to be elected Senate chaplain. He, along with S.C. Supreme Court Associate Justice Kaye Gorenflo Hearn, will receive honorary degrees during the ceremony.

The hooding ceremony for doctoral candidates will be at 8:30 a.m. in the Koger Center for the Arts, 1051 Greene St. Anna Scheyett, dean of the College of Social Work, will be the speaker.

Zucker to receive honorary degree at Clemson graduation

Charleston businesswoman and philanthropist Anita Zucker will receive an honorary doctorate of humanities at Clemson University’s summer commencement ceremony Friday.

Zucker is the chief executive officer and chair of InterTech Group, as well as the owner of the Carolina Ice Palace and South Carolina Stingrays. She and her family donated $5 million last year toward the construction of a graduate education center at the Clemson University Restoration Institute in North Charleston.

The graduation ceremony will be 11 a.m. in Littlejohn Coliseum, 1 Avenue of Champions, Clemson.

College of Charleston president to step down

College of Charleston President P. George Benson has announced that he will step down in June 2014 and return to teaching in the college’s School of Business.

Benson has served as president for more than six years. During his tenure, the school increased private fundraising, changed athletic conferences, and expanded undergraduate and graduate programs.

Contributing: Rebekah Friedman, wire reports

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