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Famous Blogger Sarah Byce

Posted by: McCrayCC | August 27, 2015 | No Comment |

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Sarah Byce, a student of the environmental studies: Peace Corps master’s international program at the University of Charleston, South Carolina, is one of eight winners of the Peace Corps’ annual “Blog It Home” contest. The four-year program allows her to take coursework in Charleston the first and fourth years of the program, and to serve for two years with the Peace Corps during the middle two years. She currently has 13 months left in her Peace Corps service.

Sarah was recognized by the Peace Corps, her peers and people around the world as being an exceptional steward of the Third Goal. From August 3-10, the competition reached more than 670,000 people on Facebook and more than 20,000 votes were cast! Byce’s blog, Journey to the Philippines, details her experiences and adventures serving with the volunteer organization in Odiongan, Philippines.

Check out the blog: http://journeytothephilippines.wordpress.com

Byce will join two other fellow winners to Washington D.C. from October 4-10 for a special Peace Corps Top Bloggers Tour coordinated in her honor.  Over the course of the week, she will promote the Third Goal in a series of intercultural presentations to diverse audiences, have professional development opportunities and participate in general celebrations.

Byce was recognized for stewarding the Peace Corps’ three-pronged mission: “To help the people of interested countries in meeting their need for trained men and women, to help promote a better understanding of Americans on the part of the peoples served and to help promote a better understanding of other peoples on the part of Americans.”

“Here in Odiongan, I live with a host family (at least initially, although I am so fond of the Famero family, that I may stay with them for my entire 2 years!),” she wrote on her blog. “Each day is a new adventure: I have learned to harvest rice, sing karaoke in Tagalog, kill and cook a chicken, gut fish, rescue a stranded dolphin, and eat balut. While poverty is a daily encounter in my life here, the Philippines is also rich: rich in culture, in community, in marine biodiversity, and I am so happy to call this place home.”

Congratulations Sarah!



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(Picture of Nicola Hodges Galligan, who’s earning her Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning and Advocacy.)

Don’t tell Nicola Hodges Galligan that math and science aren’t for girls.  The College of Charleston graduate student has years of teaching experience that says otherwise, having worked in schools in Virginia and Kenya. Beyond that, Galligan conducted her own research into the stereotype, documenting how the myth of male superiority in mathematics and the sciences has been perpetuated, wittingly or unwittingly, by teacher and parents. The result of her research, “Attitudes of Secondary Students Towards Gender and Mathematics,” documents the history of this myth and its discouraging effect on adolescent girls.

In recognition of such research and unique teaching experience, Galligan recently received the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association Educational Foundation Award. The $5,000 scholarship is awarded to graduate students and others pursuing education careers in STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering and math).

Both Jon Hale, assistant professor of educational history at the College, and Red Hoover, vice president at ManTech International Corporation, presented the award to Hodges on Monday, August 11, 2015, at the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance building and had kind words for the Master’s of Education in Teaching, Learning, and Advocacy student.

“Nicola Hodges Galligan was selected to receive the AFCEA scholarship because she is simply an outstanding math educator,” said Hale. “She is a very intelligent and dedicated scholar and educator with the genuine interest, passion, and talent in academic and extracurricular pursuits to be an effective and committed educator.


The School of Education, Health and Human Performance celebrates a scholarship award to graduate student Nicola Hodges Galligan. From left to right: Dean Frances Welch; Galligan, Red Hoover, vice president of ManTech International Corp.; and Jon Hale, assistant professor of educational history

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Fulbright Scholar Program

Posted by: McCrayCC | July 23, 2015 | No Comment |


======================================================================================================= 1) Deadline Approaching & Hidden Gems: Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program – August 3, 2015 The August 3, 2015 deadline for the 2016-2017 Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is quickly approaching! If you are unsure of where to begin when selecting an award from the Catalog of Awards, you might start by looking at one of the larger programs. With both named and Distinguished Chair awards and broad All Disciplines opportunities, Austria, Brazil, Canada, India, and Spain have an extraordinary number of options. Join one of our upcoming Virtual Advising Webinars for application support and suggestions.

Hidden Gems: When selecting an award from the Catalog of Awards, you may want to pay special attention to some of these hidden gems for each region.

The Core Program overview and application guidelines, as well as project statement samples will be helpful as you progress with the application. Review committees consider professional qualifications and requisite experience, intellectual merits, quality and feasibility of the proposal, and impactful projects with broad multiplier effects.

Be sure to start an application soon! The deadline is August 3, 2015 for awards in the 2016-2017 academic year.

Early Career and Postdoctoral Scholars: There are over 350 Awards in 131 Countries actively targeting early career and postdoctoral scholars in the current competition. Israel and Brazil host key programs but there are many more to choose from. These awards present an excellent opportunity for recently minted PhDs to deepen their expertise, to acquire new skills, to work with additional resources, and to make long-lasting connections with others in their fields. Please consult the application guidelines as you continue with the application process and contact the U.S. Program team at [email protected] with any questions.

2) Request for Proposal: Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminars – August 7 The Fulbright Enrichment Program is currently accepting proposals from organizations and academic institutions to host a Fulbright Visiting Scholar Enrichment Seminar during the 2015-2016 academic year. These multi-day Enrichment Seminars include interactive discussions, community service projects and local cultural activities designed to address topics of global importance for up to 75 Fulbright Visiting Scholars. Through Enrichment Seminars, Fulbright Scholars gain a deeper understanding of the selected seminar topic and its local and global impact, connect with fellow Fulbright Scholars and alumni, and expand professional networks. Deadline: Friday, August 7, 2015

A Request for Proposal can be found online at: www.iie.org/~/media/Files/Corporate/Procurement-Solicitations/D401-3069-FVSES-8-7-15/RFP-Enrichment-Seminars-15-16.ashx?la=en For more additional information, please visit the IIE Solicitations for Goods and Services page: http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Our-Procurements/Solicitations-For-Goods-and-Services

Please contact Korin Hoffman, Program Officer for Fulbright Visiting Scholar Initiatives, for details and questions regarding this opportunity: [email protected] or 202-686-4025.

3) Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program: Seeing a U.S. Institution for 2016 Cohort Proposal Deadline: September 16, 2015 | Host institution Application Details

The Institute of International Education’s Council for International Exchange of Scholars (IIE/CIES) is pleased to invite U.S. campuses to apply to host scholars for the 2016 Afghanistan Junior Faculty Development Program (AJFDP). This 10-week program will sponsor 10 junior faculty from Afghanistan to be placed at one selected U.S. institution for intensive professional development from January through March 2016.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), and administered by IIE/CIES, AJFDP is designed to enhance and broaden the professional skill sets of junior faculty in various disciplines, provide insight into the American system of higher education, and increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of Afghanistan. Components of the 10-week program include:

• A nine-week academic program on campus with a focus on teaching methodology, pedagogy, and English for teaching, academic writing and research. • Various cultural and community engagement activities. • Attendance at a relevant off-campus professional conference. • A one-week program wrap-up session in Washington, DC conducted by IIE/CIES.

For information on how to apply, please view the AJFDP request for proposal on the IIE website at: http://www.iie.org/What-We-Do/Our-Procurements/Subaward-Opportunities

To learn more about the program, please visit the CIES website here. The deadline to submit a proposal is: September 16, 2015. Stay Connected:

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Welcome to our new Research and Student Services Coordinator Michelle McGrew!

Hometown: Shady Side, MD. Grew up along the Chesapeake Bay and enjoyed all the advantages to living on the water – swimming, sailing, crab feasts

Education: Undergraduate and Graduate Degree both from College of Charleston. Undergrad – Media Communication. Grad –Public Administration. Grad Certificate – Arts Management

Employment History: Worked in the food/beverage and retail industries throughout undergraduate and graduate school. Interned as the Event Manager for the Sottile Theatre during graduate school and really enjoyed learning about the business aspect of running a professional theatre after I had spent so much time working solely on the creative side. Spent a few months enjoying working at an immigration law firm in Washington D.C. before moving back to Charleston to work for the College of Charleston.

Hobbies: Playing bluegrass and fiddle music on my violin, Performing in and attending theater shows, Running with (or rather getting run by) my Siberian husky, Reading everything, Field Hockey, Experimenting with and trying new types of food

Goal within the next two years: Acquire my scuba diving license so I can go diving at my best friend’s wedding in Puerto Rico in 2017!

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Board of Trustees Approves Tuition for 2015-2016

Posted by: McCrayCC | June 22, 2015 | No Comment |


The College of Charleston Board of Trustees voted to approve a tuition increase of 3.25 percent for the 2015-2016 academic year.

Beginning fall semester 2015, full-time undergraduate South Carolina students will pay $10,900 in annual tuition. Out-of-state, full-time undergraduate students will pay $28,444.

In-state students in the Graduate School of the University of Charleston, South Carolina, will pay $11,990 annually, and out-of-state residents will pay $31,288.

“We are mindful of the impact rising tuition costs have on College of Charleston families and have worked hard to minimize the increase,” said Greg Padgett, chair of the Board of Trustees. “We continue to balance the need to maintain the quality and value of a College of Charleston degree with growing financial obligations that we are required to fund.”

Following the tuition increases associated with this year’s budget, the College of Charleston will likely rank sixth for in-state tuition among South Carolina’s 13 four-year public universities.

“The leadership of the College of Charleston is committed to making the College more affordable, accessible and inclusive,” said College of Charleston President Glenn F. McConnell. “Although there has been a decline of state funding of higher education over the years, we remain committed to preparing students for jobs in a global economy. Today’s decision helps the College continue to invest in scholarships, distinctive academic programs, facilities and our student-focused community.”


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The Life Molecule

Molecules of liquid dihydrogen oxide make up roughly three-quarters of every human baby. Traveling around the world you might hear this ‘life molecule’ referred to as tubig, nsuo, or wata. In my childhood home, the H2O flowing through our pipes was known best as, “water.”

And water is life.

It sits on the first level of Maslow’s hierarchy of needs, yet, one out of eight people lacks access to clean water. In developing countries, women walk an average of 3.7 miles each day to get water. And the world’s poorest often survive on less than 5 gallons of water per day. 1

However when your showerhead can gush warm water until your fingers turn to prunes, this distant and faceless problem is easily carried out of mind. It flows down the drain along with the estimated 100 gallons of water that Americans consume each day.1

Although I am entirely guilty of taking countless long, hot showers, access to water is no longer a faceless issue in my life. In July of 2014, I joined the U.S. Peace Corps and moved to the Philippines as a volunteer. Now, roughly one year later, I am intimately aware of the problems that come from both too much and too little water.


Tubig [too-big], Tagalog language, Philippines

May marks the tail end of the dry season here. Many mornings turning the knob of the sink faucet does little to clean one’s hands, much better to fill the bucket the evening before. Our drinking water comes from a 12-stage water filter, an expensive investment, but now we can drink from the home rather than frequenting the local AquaBest for a jug of mineral water. However on this particular night the tap is open, but the one-liter plastic coke bottle sitting under its spout still remains empty. We have 22 such bottles in total that we refill whenever possible, although if the water does not return later tonight we will be down to 6 liters of drinking water for tomorrow. Six liters, five people, and 91 degrees Fahrenheit. Luckily, the water has returned every night thus far.

At midnight when I awoke to use the CR (comfort room), as bathrooms are called here, I saw my Lola Daisy standing by the sink refilling each of the bottles. She was stretching as she waited, both to stay fit and to stay awake.

My water access is privileged compared to Sarah Meyers, representing the Peace Corps in Ghana, or Asha Phadke, Peace Corps Jamaica. Even other regions of the Philippines face more dire circumstances than me. In Romblon, the capital of my province, but a much smaller island than my own, Peace Corps volunteer Diana Ashbaugh must wake up at 5am each summer morning to fill her buckets with water. Although water is piped directly into her home, during the summer months it runs for only about one hour every day and so Diana’s two buckets must provide for her showering and washing until 4am the next day.

Forty six percent of people worldwide do not have water piped into their homes.1

Nsuo [en-sue-oh], Twi language, Ghana

“I get my water from a borehole near my house,” reported Sarah. Moving from South Carolina to Ghana, Sarah now falls within this 46 percent. “I take bucket baths and use about two liters each time.” In a given day Sarah may use as little as a single gallon or as much as five gallons when she needs to wash her clothes. “The borehole that I use is seasonal and I have to go to a different, further one during the dry season.” During the rainy season, local waterfalls are a national treasure, however risk from waterborne pathogens means that swimming in many falls is off limits to Peace Corps volunteers.

Although water is a precious commodity, it is also a means for celebration. Local tradition includes throwing water on a birthday celebrant throughout the day, culminating in a huge, final drenching. “I just had my birthday and got pounded [with water] for about ten minutes and then we had a dance party!” It is through the strength and support of Sarah’s community that families are able to get by in the hottest and driest months.

Wata [waah-ta], Patois language, Jamaica

Visitor: “I noticed that people used the resources very differently in Asha’s community. I mostly noticed the way they used water. Unlike in the United States they all saved water and only used what they needed. Boiling rain water to drink it and flushing the toilet by yourself are definitely things we don’t come across every day [in the United States].”

Asha: “Where I live now, running water is not a given. Rainwater is harvested, and then pumped through the house if that is afforded. The pressure is slow, and often doesn’t reach a second story or showerhead, let alone a toilet. There are no leaky pipes—because the water would run out if that were to happen. The toilet is flushed with a bucket of water, using way less than the toilet where I come from. Here we can see the finite amount of water we have until the next rain.”

Approximately 70 percent of worldwide water demand is used for agriculture. Of this amount more than half is lost due to leaky or inefficient irrigation systems.2

Tubig [too-big], Tagalog language, Philippines

Issued by PAGASA (the Philippine Weather Bureau) at 5:00 am, Saturday, 06 December 2014:

“Typhoon RUBY continues to threaten Samar provinces while maintaining its course. Maximum sustained winds of 195km near the center and gustiness of up to 230kph”

“Residents of low lying and mountainous areas are alerted against flashfloods and landslides. Likewise, those living along the coast are warned on the occurrence of big waves associated with storm surge which may reach up to 4.5 meters.”

Within 48hrs this super-typhoon was predicted to make landfall within my province. Evacuation is not an option. As the ocean waters become rough, boat trips into and out of the province stop running. “Where will you go?!” demanded a flurry of emails from my family and friends in the United States.

Where do all the people living in small island communities go during these storms? People whose entire families, homes, and livelihoods are here in this place. The only feasible option is to find a safe structure and wait. My host family moved to the large church building in town with other members of their parish. Others gathered in schools or at the provincial hospital. As Peace Corps Volunteers we consolidated to a 3-story hotel designated as our safe point.

Prior to Super-Typhoon Haiyan in November 2013, the term “storm surge” was unknown to many Filipino families. Typhoons are a part of Filipino culture, a routine. However as sea levels rise and ocean waters warm, super-typhoons like Haiyan will become more frequent. This time the province of Romblon was lucky; the path of Typhoon Ruby strayed north and missed our islands. As a volunteer in the Philippines, I still have one more season of typhoons in my future. One season, unlike my host brother Andrew Famero, who has already experienced 40 seasons and hopes that his two young daughters Andrea and Miel will be able to continue to call this place home despite many more typhoons in the future.


Water [waah-ter], English language, United States

One year prior to enlisting in the Peace Corps, I enrolled in an Environmental Studies Master’s program at the College of Charleston. “Who’s teaching Earth Systems Science spring semester?” I inquired before committing myself to the course.

“Someone new.” It was a gamble, but the course syllabus sparked my interest so on January 6, 2014 I found myself in room 200 of the Sciences & Mathematics Building waiting for a lecture on the Hydrosphere and Modeling. Little did I know that course would enlighten my understanding of water as dramatically as living in the Philippines.

Worldwide water may be drawn from wells accessing groundwater (water which sits below the Earth’s surface submersing the layers of sand and rock) or it can be taken from surface water such as rivers, lakes, or glacial melt, or finally ocean water may be desalinated for use. Water crisis occurs when overuse of groundwater lowers the water table, requiring continuously deeper wells or when lakes and rivers run dry from exhaustive use.

Compounding this problem is the still high cost of desalination. Some solutions include rainwater retention, recycling wastewater, and a collaborative effort toward more efficient water consumption. In Albuquerque, New Mexico water-conscious homeowners utilize low-flow toilets and drip irrigation as part of a citywide effort that reduced water use from an average of 140 gallons per day to 80.1

Why conserve water? If you pay your water bill each month, is that not enough? Will using low-flow fixtures really mean that there is more water in the well when that poor woman has put in her daily 3.7-mile journey?

We live in a global community and although you may have never met that woman, your fate and hers are tied to the same planet, the same hydrosphere of water that has existed since the dinosaurs walked the Earth, no more no less. Human actions have dramatically altered the distribution of water throughout the world. When your water consumption depletes local water resources faster than they can be replenished habitats are lost, animals endangered, and global weather patterns change so that worldwide droughts and floods are more frequent.

Water is life. Our planet contains enough water to support our growing population if we are efficient in our use. Western cities could learn from the wisdom of developing communities in reducing daily water consumption.

At what point of a water crisis would a bucket bath fall within your comfort zone? Find out where your water comes from before it flows out of your showerhead.

References and Acknowledgements:

1: “Water: Our Thirsty World.” National Geographic Magazine. April 2010.

2: “Water Scarcity.” World Wildlife Fund. 2015. Washington, DC. https://www.worldwildlife.org/threats/water-scarcity.

Many thanks to my fellow Peace Corps Volunteers who shared their experiences:

Sarah Meyers – https://smeyerspcghana.wordpress.com

Asha Phadke – https://ashainjamaica.wordpress.com

Diana Ashbaugh

More information can be found on the National Geographic website at: http://environment.nationalgeographic.com/environment/freshwater/

Additional information on Hydrology and Earth Systems Science can be found at the follow link to Dr. Julie Ferguson’s lectures from the University of California Irvine:

Anthropogenic Climate Change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kxLtbWHeqy4

Freshwater: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=seq-Wuxwba8



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Courtney Gerstenmaier is a John A. Knauss Marine Policy Fellow spending her time jointly with the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) and the NOAA Fisheries Communication Office. She is working with the ocean education and outreach team at NMNH focusing on the topics of climate change and fisheries. Courtney’s love of water started at young age when her family took her to a lake in Michigan and over time this love transitioned into a love for the ocean. She received both her undergraduate and master’s degrees in Marine Biology from the College of Charleston, where she worked on the impacts of a non-native species of seaweed on a southeastern mudflat. Courtney is really interested in species interactions and what happens when something disturbs their natural equilibrium. Her favorite sea creatures are spotted eagle rays, whale sharks, and deep sea isopods and amphipods.

The Fellowship:

The Sea Grant Knauss Fellowship provides a unique educational experience to graduate students who have an interest in ocean, coastal and Great Lakes resources and in the national policy decisions affecting those resources.

The Fellowship, named after one of Sea Grant’s founders, former NOAA Administrator, John A. Knauss, matches highly qualified graduate students with “hosts” in the legislative and executive branch of government located in the Washington, D.C. area, for a one year paid fellowship.

What She’s Doing Now:

Since moving to DC to start her fellowship in February, She has been working jointly with the National Museum of Natural History and NOAA fisheries to act as a bridge between the two organizations. One part of her job is bringing the research from NOAA fisheries and incorporating it into what the museum is sharing with visitors. This is done through Expert is In programs—informal public interactions where scientists talk about what they do using visuals and props to the museum visitors, more formal seminars, events and festivals such as World Ocean Day and The Arctic Spring Festival, social media, and the Smithsonian’s Ocean Portal website. On the policy related side, she has had the opportunity to help with designing and implementing communication plans for new or updated policy decisions. Courtney was able to share her research with museum visitors by participating as an Expert is In and by participating in a festival—In her words: I couldn’t leave it behind!



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For most graduate students the summer brings a bit of a break. Summer classes rarely run from June 1st to August 31st. Even in a year-around lab, summer is the time when program directors go on vacation, and some of those vacations are quite extended. Summer is typically the time when there are few grant deadlines or proposal deadlines for conferences. There are also the fortunate few who actually have completely flexible time for 13 weeks over the summer. Nonetheless, how the summer is spent will go a long way toward determining how quickly and effectively you move toward achieving your degree and professional goals.

The key word describing the summer is investment. Even a short lull in summer represents a pause from constantly reacting to course assignments, research demands, proposal deadlines, unreasonable supervisor expectations, last minute requests, and other urgencies. Summer is the time to reflect thoughtfully on your needs and goals. This is when you invest time in the activities that you said you would do when you have time.

The first part of your investment plan is to conduct a self-assessment after the difficult academic year. Did you fall behind on your research? Are you so stressed that it is difficult to function? Does your relationship with family and significant other require mending or renewing? Has it been more than 6 weeks since you have socialized with friends? What activities can you achieve over the summer that will bring your graduate date closer? What is your financial state? What things do you want to do, but never had a chance do with your hectic schedule? What events are coming up in the fall that you can make easier by preparing in the summer? And many more. You need to have a firm grasp of your current status in order to know what the direction of your investment will be. In order to read any map or receive any directions, you need to identify exactly where you are.


Planning your summer allows for priorities and perspective. If you have a good summer, then these plans will probably change due to fun and interesting opportunities that arise. In the summer, your wellness goals can take a high priority. Exercise, catch up on sleep, improve diet, schedule e-mail free weeks, decompress from stress, read a novel, take a vacation can all be top priorities and great investments. The next parts to schedule are the events, specific programs, and research milestones required by your graduate program and supervisor. Remember that you can rarely count on faculty members to meet over the summer. And getting two or more faculty members together for a summer meeting is like herding cats. However, catch up and meet the required deadlines. The next component to plan is the preparation work required for fall. There are often grants due, conferences to prepare for, and data collection events that take place in the fall. What can you do over the summer to make fall deadlines a bit easier? Finally, plan to make gains. While we are all struggling to keep our head above water in the fall and spring, summer can be a chance to make real progress. This is the time to publish an extra paper, get an early start on a thesis, or begin preparation for comprehensive exams. Students who take the most initiative are noticed by faculty members and by fellowship and scholarship committees.

There is a sneaky part of summer that no one really tells you. That is, you do not need to work all that hard in order to make progress. Because there are fewer places that you must be and people are not around the office or lab as often, less time is spent commuting, attending classes, going to required meetings, and the like. Therefore, concentrated time can be spent pursuing summer goals. So putting in a six-hour day of work is a long day in the summertime. Every day that you do a little bit of work in the summer will save a lot of work in the fall. Follow your plans and you will be making an excellent investment in reducing graduate school stress, improving your productivity, and moving closer to graduation (with your health and sanity intact). Have a great summer!



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Graduation 2015

Posted by: McCrayCC | May 11, 2015 | No Comment |


Congratulations and Bravo! A few updates on the 2015 Commencement Ceremony.

The Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 4-7 pm Cistern Yard

2:30 - Cistern Yard opens for seating.  Graduating students should enter Cougar Mall via the crosswalk on St. Philips street across from the Simmons Center for the Arts or the crosswalk on Coming street across from the Hidgon Student Leadership Center.  The gates to Cougar Mall on Calhoun street will be locked.
3:00 – Graduate students should arrive and check-in on the 3rd floor of the Robert Scott Small building – 23 on the campus map.   
- Commencement Ceremony begins

Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 13, 4-5 pm Cistern Yard
Graduating students will do a run-through of the lining up, ceremony processional, seating and walking across the stage.  Rehearsal is mandatory.


Each graduate student is eligible to receive 5 tickets, which will be available for pick-up at the TD Arena box office starting Wednesday, April 8.  You must have a picture ID and be on the approved graduation list to claim your tickets.  Please use this FAQ for any questions regarding ticket pick-up.

Every guest who enters the Cistern Yard will be required to have a ticket for the Friday evening ceremony.  This includes children over 6 months who will be sitting in laps and anyone who will be sitting in the handicap section.  Those who have mobility issues, weather sensitivity, or young children are encouraged to use the satellite viewing locations where you can enjoy air conditioning and watch a closed-caption live-stream of the ceremony and do not require a ticket.

Satellite locations will open for seating at 2:30 and as they fill, guests will be directed to the next closest location.  Room 205 in the Stern Student Center will be “kid friendly” where children can play and color.  All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Satellite Locations:

  • The Recital Hall and Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simmons Center for the Arts – 31 on the campus map.
  • The Ballroom and Room 205 in the Stern Student Center – 80 on the campus map.
  • Room 129 in the School of Sciences and Mathematics Building – 11 on the campus map.

Looking for extra tickets or have extras to spare?  Join the Graduate Student Association’s Facebook group where you will find information on ticket swapping.  Or attend rehearsal where 5 tickets will be raffled to those in need.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

This year’s commcenement speaker will be Steve Swanson (bio), and Tony Meyer (bio) will receive an honorary degree from the University of Charleston, South Carolina.

If you have any additional questions, please call 843-953-5614.

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Kimberly Gailliard is a graduate student in the Master of Public Administration Program. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History, with a minor in Journalism, from Francis Marion University. This fall, she will begin her second year in the MPA program, and was recently selected to attend the NEW Leadership South Carolina Summer Institute at Winthrop University. The weeklong program is a partnership between the College and Winthrop’s John C. West Forum on Politics and Policy. It is affiliated with the NEW Leadership Network created by the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The purpose of NEW Leadership South Carolina is to educate college women about the political process and to inspire them to consider careers in public service. In spite of recent gains, including the election of its first female governor in 2010, South Carolina ranks 47th in the percentage of women in the state legislature, and women are underrepresented in on public boards and commissions and statewide offices as well.According to the program’s website, South Carolina ranks near the bottom for the number of women who hold positions in politics and serve on public boards and commissions. The goal of the program is to educate young women about the political process and to inspire them to consider careers in public service. Participants will have an opportunity to network with women who are public leaders and develop and practice leadership skills through panel discussions, workshops, and hands-on projects. Kimberly is very excited about this opportunity and believes it will be a great addition to the knowledge and experience she has gained working for local and state government. Kimberly is excited to add this experience to her resume and use the knoweledge in her ongoing studies in the MPA program. Congrats Kim!

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