Former U.S. State Representative Bob Inglis, Sr. to Deliver Keynote Address at USCB Commencement

Former U.S. State Representative Bob Inglis, Sr. to Deliver Keynote Address at USCB Commencement April 29

Editor’s Note:
Due to such large attendance at the event, you can request a parking pass for the event from Kerry Jarvis. If we do not have time to get you a pass, you can show your media credentials to the officers directing traffic.

Before, during and after the ceremony I (Kerry Jarvis) will be next to our IT/AV set up.

April 22, 2016

BLUFFTON, S.C. – Bob Inglis, Sr., former U.S. State Representative, will deliver the keynote address when the university conducts its 2016 commencement exercises April 29 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Head Gateway Campus.

Robert Durden Inglis, Sr., is a former United States representative of South Carolina’s 4th Congressional District and, more recently, the founder and executive director of the Energy & Enterprise Initiative, a nonprofit educational outreach project that promotes free enterprise action on climate change. Mr. Inglis was born in Savannah, GA and grew up in the Lowcountry town of Bluffton, SC. Before his political career, he obtained his juris doctor degree at the University of Virginia School of Law and went on to practice commercial real estate and corporate law in Greenville, SC.

In addition to being the keynote speaker, former Congressman Inglis is also receiving an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree. Local preservationist Louise Miller Cohen, native of Hilton Head Island, will be receiving the honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree.

Ms. Cohen is a teacher, Gullah storyteller and preserver of the Gullah culture and heritage. She served the community as a health education and action aide for what is now Beaufort-Jasper-Hampton Comprehensive Health Services assisting her neighbors in signing up for Social Security benefits and social services. She earned her associate degree in early childhood education at USCB. Ms. Cohen led the effort to restore the “Little House” that was occupied by her great-grandfather who was a former slave and later joined the U.S. Army and served in the 21st U.S. Colored Infantry. The house serves as the Gullah Museum of Hilton Head Island where she is the curator.

USCB will graduate 340 members of the Class of 2016. This represents one of the largest graduating classes in its history. Commencement exercises will take place in the Helen and Brantley Harvey Plaza on 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 22 outstanding graduating seniors, three faculty members and a dedicated member of the staff at the 2016 Academic Awards Ceremony April 28 at the Center for the Arts on the Beaufort campus.

Individuals who are not able to attend commencement can watch the ceremony live via the university’s website start at 5:50 p.m. when the academic procession begins. The web address is


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 750), 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 1,980 students. The Hilton Head Gateway campus in Bluffton, SC, offers cutting-edge Computational Science and Nursing laboratories, and a broad range of academic degree programs. The Historic 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, public information coordinator, at 843-208-8030 or