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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 3, 2011 MEDIA CONTACT: Candace Brasseur USCB Public Information Director 843-208-8030

USCB Celebrates Largest Commencement Ceremony in History April 29, 2011 Beaufort/Bluffton, SC- On a picturesque Lowcountry evening, the University of South Carolina Beaufort celebrated the largest graduating class of 272 students in USCB history, alongside over 2,800 family members and friends who eagerly cheered them on. Prior to the ceremony, one of the first Studio Art graduates, Sanders Black, presented prints he designed of the Beaufort College building to the honorary degree recipients, Ambassador Karen Hughes, and Paula & Bill Bethea. Ambassador Karen Hughes delivered the Commencement speech, encouraging the new graduates to have passion for what they do, align their priorities, and always maintain a broad perspective. USCB celebrated its 1,000th graduate, along with many firsts: The first class of students to earn Bachelor of Science in Nursing degrees, and the first group of graduating Studio Art students, and the first cohort of Saturday Business Degree students to graduate. This was also the last group of MAT students to graduate, due to state budget cuts. Harris Pastides, President of the University of South Carolina presided.

The first cohort of Saturday Business Degree students to graduate


ABOUT USCB Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a senior institution of the University of South Carolina system serving the southeast coast of Georgia and South Caroli na. USCB has been the fastest growing baccalaureate institution in the USC system since becoming a four year university in 2002.The university has two campuses which serve a diverse student body of more than 1750 students. The Historic Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort’s downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate studio arts program in close proximity to the Beaufort’s many art galleries. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, S.C., offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories and is the home to Sand Shark athletics. USCB offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity. For

more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, please visit online or call the university’s Office of Public Information at 843-2088030.