USC Upstate Welcomes Freshmen During Admitted Student Day

April 29, 2022 at 11:58 am

USC Upstate welcomed nearly 300 freshmen and their families and friends to campus on Friday, April 29, 2022, during Admitted Student Day.

The annual event aims to help Spartans start the next chapter of their lives, which is arguably the most important, with everything they need to know before their first day at the university.

Participants gathered on the university’s main quad, greeted by USC Upstate faculty and staff, who passed out information and other goodies. Sparty the mascot made an appearance and posed for photos with students.

“I am so excited to welcome the Upstate Freshman Class of 2022,” said Donette Stewart, vice chancellor for enrollment services and director of admissions. “We are expecting a class of very talented students representing every county in South Carolina and 33 states.”

“We have admitted 24 valedictorians and 70 other top scholars who will bring their talents and ambitions to Upstate to help the campus continue to thrive,” Stewart added. “We look forward to helping each new student reach their full potential and follow their dreams for a successful future.”

Melanie Juarez, of Spartanburg, will join USC Upstate in Fall 2022 after she graduates from James F. Byrnes High School.

Juarez, who plans to major in management or economics and finance, participated in the university’s Scholars Academy, a dual enrollment program that enables high school students to take college courses and advanced classes over four years while still participating in classes and extracurricular activities at their own schools.

“I was already a scholar so that has made my transition much easier,” Juarez said. “There are a lot of things I liked about USC Upstate. I received some great support along the way. I’m happy (to be joining USC Upstate).”

Bailey Weaver, a senior at Blue Ridge High School, attended Admitted Student Day accompanied by her father, Jason Weaver, a 1996 graduate of USC Upstate.

“I really felt at home here on campus,” said Bailey Weaver, who has already taken a few virtual classes and plans to major in nursing. “I’ve had a few family members speak very highly of their time here and my experience so far has been very positive.”

“It’s a good feeling as a parent to know that your child will be well-prepared after they graduate,” said Jason Weaver.

Kimberly Dovi, a senior at Mountain View Christian Academy, has also taken advantage of dual enrollment at USC Upstate. She plans to major in communications and pursue a career in news or marketing.

“I didn’t apply to any other colleges—I knew I wanted to come here,” Dovi said. “Everyone is so friendly. It feels like a big family. I know USC Upstate will prepare me for my career.”

USC Upstate Chancellor Bennie L. Harris, Ph.D., joined with other university leaders to welcome the students and their loved ones.

“All of us are here for you,” said Harris. “We are here to ensure that the dreams and aspirations you have—to become a doctor, a psychologist, or whatever that is—that you will be able to achieve that. We have developed a program and an institution that will wrap around you and support you in a way that will ensure that you are successful. However, you are going to have to take advantage of that.”

Just a reminder: USC Upstate will host its Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 3, on its main quad behind the John C. Stockwell Administration Building. For more information, including a plan in case of rain, please visit: