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May means commencement and a new group of students getting ready to take their place in the nation’s workforce.

Tom Halasz, director of the Career Center for the University of South Carolina, says demand is greatest for graduates in business, engineering, computer sciences and education, and that demand for the arts and sciences continues to grow, which is good news for graduates in those areas.

“Low unemployment rates have led to more opportunities for Carolina graduates, with employers expected to hire 5% more 2017 May graduates than this time last year.”

The University of South Carolina began conferring degrees during ceremonies held today. The School of Law and School of Medicine each met in the morning.

The commencement ceremony for graduates of the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Nursing, College of Pharmacy, and the Arnold School of Public Health will take place at 3 p.m. today at Colonial Life Arena. Vartan Gregorian, president of Carnegie Corporation of New York, will receive an honorary degree during the ceremony.

The commencement ceremony for graduates of the College of Arts and Sciences, College of Information and Communications and South Carolina Honors College will take place Saturday at 9:30 a.m. at the arena. Barry Zegel, senior vice president and general manager for CBS Television City, will receive an honorary degree.

United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will receive an honorary degree and deliver special remarks to graduates as part of the USC’s 3 p.m. commencement ceremony on Saturday at the arena. The ceremony includes graduates from the College of Education; College of Engineering and Computing; College of Hospitality, Retail, and Sport Management; Interdisciplinary Programs; Palmetto College; School of Music and College of Social Work.

Also, today, Allen University will hold its baccalaureate service at 7 p.m. in Chappelle Auditorium. Guest speaker will be Bishop Samuel L. Green Sr. Commencement exercises are scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday with U.S. Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., delivering the address.

Columbia College honored its 2017 graduates on April 29 as retiring school president Elizabeth Dinndorf delivered the commencement address to 181 graduates during an evening ceremony at the Township Auditorium.

Dr. David Swinton, who’s retiring as president of Benedict College, who deliver the keynote speech at the college’s commencement ceremony Saturday, May 13, at Charlie W. Johnson Stadium. Swinton, Benedict’s longest-serving president, will receive an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.

On Thursday, Midlands Technical College awarded more than 2,500 degrees, diplomas, and certificates to students from more than 100 academic programs. It is one of the largest graduating classes in the college’s history. 

“It was an honor to present diplomas to the class of 2017 and to share this special event with their friends and families,” said MTC President Dr. Ronald L. Rhames. “They have earned the respect and admiration of the college’s faculty, staff, and commissioners. I congratulate them all for their determination.”

For the first time in the college’s history, MTC awarded honorary associate degrees in humane letters to outstanding friends of the college. Colleges and universities traditionally use the designation humane letters to recognize the recipients’ service to their community, philanthropy, and achievements beneficial to their fellow citizens.

Honorary degrees were presented to Nephron Pharmaceuticals owner Lou Kennedy and the Rev. Solomon Jackson.

Reach Travis Boland at 803-726-7543.

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