Lt. Governor Encourages Graduates to “Confront Integrity”

A record number of students crossed the stage under the majestic oak trees in the historic Cistern Yard today during the 2013 College of Charleston graduation ceremonies.

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More than 1,850 students received their degrees in two ceremonies, one held in the morning and the second in the afternoon.

South Carolina Lieutenant Governor Glenn McConnell was the commencement speaker. He told the graduating class that the most important value they can carry with them in life is

“Down the road you will be called upon to give your time, your money, and your talent. You’ll be asked to reinvest yourself in your family and community,” said McConnell. “Giving time to pursuits other than fame and fortune will give you a sense of satisfaction that money can’t buy.  Integrity, sacrifice, and service – the ultimate path to a successful life.”

A 1969 graduate of the College of Charleston, McConnell later received his law degree and began his career in public service by working as a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program.

In 1980, he was elected to represent the 41st District in the South Carolina Senate, where he has served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and then as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2001, he was elected the first Republican President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate since Reconstruction. During his time as President Pro Tempore, McConnell created an atmosphere of non-partisanship and mutual respect in the Senate. As the incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore, he ascended to the office of Lt. Governor on March 13, 2012.

The College of Charleston also presented an Honorary Degree to Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley during the ceremonies.

The graduating class includes the first graduates of three programs: both the B.A. and B.S. in public health, and the B.S. in exercise science.

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