Civil rights leader and U.S. Rep. John Lewis of Georgia will speak at the University of South Carolina's graduation ceremony this December.
Lewis was one of the “Big 6” leaders of the 1960s civil rights movement – along with the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. – and one of the original 13 Freedom Riders. This summer, the Georgia Democrat led a dramatic sit-in on the floor of the U.S. House in an unsuccessful attempt to force a vote on gun legislation.
The winter graduation ceremony will be USC’s last in the foreseeable future with a guest speaker.
In August, the state’s flagship university said only USC president Harris Pastides will deliver the address at future graduation ceremonies, starting in May.
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Also, for the first time this December, USC graduates will get six tickets each for guests. The school asks graduates to return any leftover tickets for students who need more.