Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke and Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson will be among the speakers for graduation ceremonies at the University of South Carolina.
Robinson will speak on Friday and Saturday afternoons. Bernanke will speak on Saturday morning.
Robinson is a native of Orangeburg and won a Pulitzer Prize for his commentary on the 2008 presidential election. Bernanke grew up in Dillon and was named Fed chairman in 2006. He began his second term in February.
The commencement ceremonies start Friday morning with Law School graduates followed by the School of Medicine and undergraduate ceremonies.
The Columbia campus of USC expects to award 2,761 bachelor's degrees and 1,026 master's degrees.