USC Upstate Plans For May 3 Commencement

April 28, 2011 at 10:00 am

Spartanburg, S.C. – Eight hundred students will receive their diplomas when the University of South Carolina Upstate holds its May Commencement on Tuesday, May 3 at 7:00 p.m. on the Quad behind the Administration Building.

“The University of South Carolina Upstate continues to produce top-quality graduates each year, of which nearly 85 percent choose to remain in the Upstate to build their lives and careers,” said Dr. John C. Stockwell, chancellor of USC Upstate.

Chancellor Stockwell will deliver the commencement address. He has served as chancellor of USC Upstate since July 1994 and will retire in July 2011. Stockwell is credited with leading the University toward its vision as one of the leading metropolitan universities in the Southeast. During his tenure, USC Upstate has experienced outstanding growth in academic reputation, capital development and public/private partnerships. Additionally, enrollments have doubled to 5,500 students, and include a diverse student population with 60 nations represented in the campus community and a minority enrollment of 30 percent.

Before coming to USC Upstate, Stockwell served as provost and chancellor of the University of Wisconsin-Parkside; dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at the State University of New York-Cortland; chair of the Department of Speech and Theatre at Indiana State University; and director of theatre at California State University Northridge. Stockwell earned his Ph.D. and Master’s degrees in theatre at Bowling Green State University, and his bachelor’s degree from Cedarville College.  He is also an alumnus of the Harvard University Institute for Educational Management.

Stockwell is the founding chair of Spartanburg’s chapter of the Urban League of the Upstate.  He serves on the Board of the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce, and chaired the Chamber Board in 2009.  He serves also on the boards of the Arts Partnership, the Community Indicators, the College Hub, and he chairs the Vision and Values Committee of “Ten at the Top.”

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 19,000. 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 new George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics in downtown Spartanburg.

For more information regarding the May Commencement, please contact Leah Anderson at (864) 503-5240 or visit