ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - On Friday, more than 600 students will graduate from South Carolina State University. This comes following many changes with the school's leadership plus accreditation woes.
This has been a challenging time for SC State; however, school leaders say they are continuing to improve and get the school back on track.
Roughly 620 students are set to receive their diplomas Friday. Dr. Franklin Evans, the interim president of the school, says SC State is not only surviving, but thriving. Last year this time, Evans says the school was in the middle of a crisis.
"We got a new board that came that works tremendously with the administration," Evans said. "We got students who decided to come back. In the midst of that we met our enrollment goals. We've been able to certainly keep a balanced budget."
Students say although their university has been in the spotlight for the past couple of years, they haven't let that distract them, saying they still have Bulldog pride.
"I think those things, as far as SACS is concerned and the accreditation issues, I really just think it shows perseverance," said Xylan Grant, graduating from SC State.
"I feel like they'll still respect us," said Bianca Cruz, graduating from SC State. "It's financial issues, not academics. So I feel like it wouldn't impact SC State's brand or name."
SC State will find out next month if the university will keep its accreditation.
Sheryl Underwood, one of the panelists on the CBS show "The Talk," is delivering the commencement address Friday evening at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
Underwood is an entertainer, entrepreneur, radio personality and philanthropist. She is owner and CEO of Pack Rat Productions and is international president of Zeta Phi Beta sorority.