USC Upstate Plans Convocation Honoring December Graduates

December 1, 2009 at 12:20 pm

The University of South Carolina Upstate will hold its Convocation Honoring December Graduates on Tuesday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The University will graduate 455 students. This graduating class will bring the alumni base to approximately 18,000 graduates.

Stewart Spinks, founder and CEO of The Spinx Company, will give the graduation address. He founded the Spinx Oil Company in 1972 with a heating oil home delivery company and one gas station in Greenville, S.C. In 1977, Spinx opened its first independent store, marketing petroleum products under the Spinx name. Spinx became an Amoco petroleum jobber in 1984 and subsequently added the Exxon, Conoco and Sunoco brands to the petroleum offering of the company. These major brands and the SPINX private brand allow the company to supply 60+ wholesale dealer accounts in the Carolinas and Georgia.

Spinks is a board member of NACS (National Association of Conveniences Stores) and further serves on their Coca-Cola Leadership Council. He also serves the industry as a Board Member of the Society of Independent Gasoline Marketers Association (SIGMA), Greenville Tech Foundation, The Urban League, The Boy Scouts of America (Blue Ridge Council), and South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. Stewart serves as a past Chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce, a trustee for Furman University, and is currently on 15 other boards in Upstate, SC. Spinks earned a bachelor’s degree in marketing from the University of Tennessee in 1968. He and his wife Martha are the proud parents of four sons and they have eight grandchildren.

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. USC Upstate is among the fastest growing universities in South Carolina—with a 330-acre campus in Spartanburg, a senior level commuter-campus at the University Center of Greenville, and a campus currently under construction for the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

The University is fully accredited to offer degree programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, the Schools of Business, Education and Nursing, and the graduate division. Overall enrollment is 5,300 students, which reflects the diversity of the region with 71 nations represented among the student population.  Additionally, the USC Upstate Spartans were reclassified in 2007–2008 for National Collegiate Athletic Association Division I and now compete in the Atlantic Sun Conference.

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