Boeing CEO Jim McNerney addressed University of South Carolina graduates at the 9:30 a.m. ceremony on Saturday.
“Boeing is part of a fruitful partnership with South Carolina,” McNerney said in his commencement speech.
He said the Charleston factory that opened in 2011 was part of the first new airplane plant to open in the United States in nearly half a century. More than 7,000 work in and support the factory, he said.
“I hope some of you graduates will find careers there,” he said.
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McNerney highlighted global competition and said the challenges for graduates will be managing personal dilemmas and pressures of a more demanding and competitive world.
“Within this relentless, globally competitive environment, you will be working harder than the generations that came before you – and it has to be worth it to you as an individual. So aligning your job with your values, your beliefs, your aspirations, while always important, is more crucial than ever.”