COLUMBIA, S.C. (WIS/AP) - A congresswoman, a Pulitzer Prize-winning columnist and the chairman of the Federal Reserve are scheduled to address students graduating from two South Carolina colleges this spring.
Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke will address University of South Carolina undergraduates May 8 and will receive an honorary doctorate of business administration. Bernanke grew up in Dillon and worked at South of the Border for a short time. He is in his second term as Fed chairman.
The same day, U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif., is scheduled to be commencement speaker for more than 170 graduates from Benedict College in Columbia.
Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson is speaking to graduate students at USC on May 7. The Orangeburg Wilkinson graduate won the top journalism honor in 2009. He won the Pulitzer Prize for commentary for his writing about the 2008 presidential campaign. Robinson is also a frequent commentator on MSNBC.
USC's Columbia campus expects to award two associate degrees; 2,761 baccalaureate degrees; 106 pharmacy degrees, 48 graduate certificates; 1,026 master's degrees; and 30 specialist degrees.