The College of Charleston Class of 2011 will make an impact on the world! Nearly 1,500 graduates will cross the Cistern on May 7. They represent 41 states and 33 countries and are business owners, sustainability leaders and volunteers.

The most common male names are: John, Robert, William, Andrew, Michael, James, Matthew, Daniel, Christopher and David. The most common female names are: Katherine, Sarah, Elizabeth, Emily, Jessica, Lauren, Mary, Megan, Kristen and Amanda.

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The undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held at 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. in the Cistern Yard. School of the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs
students will graduate in the morning and School of Business, School of Education, Health and Human Performance, and School of Sciences and Mathematics students will graduate in the afternoon.

Dr. Richard Besser will deliver the undergraduate ommencement address. Dr. Besser is the ABC News senior health and medical editor, providing medical analysis and commentary for all ABC News broadcasts and platforms. He came to ABC News in 2009 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention where he was responsible for all of CDC’s public health emergency preparedness and emergency response activities. His degree will be awarded at the afternoon ceremony.

The commencement ceremony for the Graduate School of the College of Charleston will be on May 6 at 5:30 p.m. in the Carolina First Arena. Jose Miguel Insulza, Secretary General of the Organization of American States will be the commencement speaker. Insulza took office as Secretary General of the OAS on May 26, 2005. He was named Secretary General of OAS based on his accomplishments and record of public service in his home country of Chile. In March 1994, he joined the administration of President Eduardo Frei, serving first as Under-Secretary of Foreign Affairs and later as Minister of Foreign Affairs. In 1999, he became Minister Secretary General of the Presidency, and was appointed the following year to be President Ricardo Lagos’s Minister of the Interior and Vice President of the Republic. When he left the post in May 2005, he had served as a government minister for more than a decade, the longest continuous tenure for a minister in Chilean history.

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A videos of each ceremony in its entirety will be available the week after commencement on the College’s YouTube channel.