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The University of South Carolina Upstate will award degrees to 866 students at its May Commencement on Tuesday, May 7 at 6:45 p.m. on the Quad behind the Administration Building.

“The University of South Carolina Upstate is the only public institution in the world with a mission to educate citizens in the Upstate of South Carolina,” said Dr. Tom Moore, chancellor of USC Upstate. “USC Upstate plays a major importance in the quality of life in Upstate South Carolina and beyond. We are preparing graduates – nurses, teachers, business leaders, scientists, and child advocates – who will play vital and meaningful roles in communities across the region.”

Katherine Dunleavy, President and CEO of the Mary Black Foundation, will give the commencement address. Prior to her position with the Mary Black Foundation, Dunleavy served as CEO of United Way of the Piedmont and as executive director of the Walker Foundation for the South Carolina School for the Deaf and the Blind. The career she built at First Federal/BB&T, where she rose from mortgage loan officer to senior vice president of retail banking, served as a solid foundation to her becoming a very successful fundraiser. Dunleavy received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from the University of Florida. She serves on the boards of numerous institutions and organizations, including Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Carolina Country Club, Converse College Board of Visitors, and the BB&T Advisory Board.  Dunleavy previously served on the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education for USC Upstate.

The University of South Carolina Upstate, a coeducational, public, comprehensive metropolitan institution, is located conveniently along the thriving economic I-85 corridor between Atlanta and Charlotte. It has a current student enrollment of 5,500 and an alumni base of 22,000. As a senior comprehensive public institution of the University of South Carolina, the University’s primary responsibilities are to offer baccalaureate education to the citizens of the Upstate of South Carolina and to offer selected master’s degrees in response to regional demand. USC Upstate is comprised on three campuses: the main 330-acre campus in Spartanburg, a Greenville campus at the University Center of Greenville for commuting junior and senior level students, and the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

For more information regarding the May Commencement, please contact Jessica Gogan at (864) 503-5985 or visit www.uscupstate.edu/graduation.

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