Congressman James E. Clyburn to Deliver Keynote Address at 2018 USCB Commencement

Congressman James E. Clyburn to Deliver Keynote Address at USCB Commencement May 4

Editor's Note:
Due to such large attendance at the event, you can request a parking pass for the event from Kerry Jarvis prior to Friday. Media representatives, including reporters, correspondents, photographers and videographers, are invited to attend the event. To request information in advance, including a copy of the commencement program, please contact Kerry Jarvis, director of marketing and communications, at 843-208-8030 or

May 4, 2018

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Congressman James E. Clyburn, Assistant Democratic leader in the U.S. House of Representatives, will deliver the keynote address when the university conducts its 2018 commencement exercises May 4 at 5:30 p.m. on the Bluffton campus.   

Congressman Clyburn is the third ranking Democrat in the House, and he has represented the sixth congressional district of South Carolina for 25 years. A staunch advocate of racial equality, Congressman Clyburn is a proponent of advancing educational opportunity, improving health care and preserving the environment.

Congressman Clyburn has been instrumental in the effort to create a Reconstruction Era National Monument in South Carolina. After fifteen years, this dream is now a reality with an executive action in January of 2017. The monument encompasses four locations in and near Beaufort including: Darrah Hall at Penn Center, an early school for freed slaves; Brick Baptist Church, built by slaves in 1855; the Old Beaufort Fire House in Craven Street and Camp Sexton/Emancipation Grove at Port Royal

William Weston (Wes) Jones, Jr. is receiving the Honorary Degree for the Doctor of Public Service. Mr. Jones is a generous and compassionate benefactor to USCB. He was part of a visionary group that transformed USCB from a two-year regional university into a baccalaureate-degree granting institution.

Their hard work was successful in 2004, USCB became the youngest four-year institution in the USC system and the youngest four-year institution in the State of South Carolina.

USCB will graduate 301 members of the Class of 2018 with commencement exercises taking place on the Library Lawn on the Bluffton campus.

Distinguished guest taking part in the ceremony will include: Harris Pastides, Ph.D., president of the University of South Carolina, and members of the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees and the Beaufort-Jasper Higher Education Commission.

The university will recognize 21 outstanding graduating seniors and four faculty members at the 2018 Academic Awards Ceremony May 3 at the Center for the Arts on the Beaufort campus.

Individuals who are not able to attend commencement can watch the ceremony live on the Beaufort County Channel. The ceremony will also be streaming to the Campus Center 106, A, B and C on the Bluffton campus.


Located in the heart of the Carolina Sea Islands, the University of South Carolina Beaufort (USCB) is a baccalaureate member of the USC system, serving the southeast coast of South Carolina and Georgia. Since 2002, USCB has tripled its academic degree programs, doubled its FTE enrollment, opened its first on-campus housing (now serving more than 900), joined the NAIA Sun Conference, and fielded conference and national award-winning Sand Shark athletes in nine sports. The university's two campuses serve a diverse student body of 2,000 students. The Bluffton campus offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Beaufort campus, located on Beaufort's downtown waterfront, houses an innovative baccalaureate Studio Art program in close proximity to Beaufort's many art galleries. The University of South Carolina Beaufort offers students an exceptional place to learn and live in an environment focused on growth, preservation and opportunity.

For more information about the University of South Carolina Beaufort, contact Kerry Jarvis, director of marketing and communications, at 843-208-8030 or