Retiring Chancellor Jane T. Upshaw, Ph.D. to Deliver Keynote Address at USCB Commencement May 1


BLUFFTON, S.C. (April 29, 2015) – Jane T. Upshaw, Ph.D., who is retiring as Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort this year, will deliver the keynote address when the university conducts its 2015 commencement exercises May 1 at 6 p.m. at the Hilton Head Gateway campus.
Dr. Upshaw, who has devoted more than 30 years of service to the university, 13 of them as the only chancellor in its history, announced her intention to retire earlier this year. She will leave her post in August.
John F. Brinkley, an international business executive, art aficionado and environmentally sensitive community activist, will be honored by the university with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree. He joined the Ford Motor Company in 1961 and retired in 1995 after devoting his entire career to the company. After retiring, he became involved with USCB, supporting its efforts to attain baccalaureate status and later serving on the Partnership Board. In addition, Jack and Donna Brinkley endowed a scholarship for a student in USCB’s Studio Art Program on the Historic Beaufort campus. The Brinkley Family Endowment Fund, created in 2006, became the earliest endowed scholarship fund endowed at the $100,000 level.
USCB will graduate 299 members of the Class of 2015. 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 guests 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 recognized 19 outstanding graduating seniors, two distinguished faculty members and two dedicated members of the staff at the 2015 Academic Awards Ceremony April 24 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 starting 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 600), 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 1,800 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. It is home to Sand Shark athletics. 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. Students enjoy opportunities on Hilton Head Island, including the USCB Center for Event Management and a Coastal Ecology research partnership with Vagabond Cruise. USCB serves 1,500 Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) members, who participate in more than 1 million course hours annually, placing OLLI at USCB in the top 10 in the country. 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 commencement exercises for the Class of 2015 at the University of South Carolina Beaufort, contact Lynn McGee, Ph.D., vice chancellor for Advancement and External Affairs, at 843-208-8240 or