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BB&T president Frank Bullard to deliver Commencement

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Frank BullardCharleston Southern University’s 2013 commencement ceremony will be Saturday, May 4 at 10 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum.

Jesse Franklin “Frank” Bullard III, coastal regional president for BB&T, will be the guest speaker at the ceremony awarding degrees to 600 undergraduate and graduate students.

Bullard serves on the University’s board of trustees and is also a member of the board of visitors. The father of three says serving as a counselor to young people is one of the most important things a person can do.

Bullard said, “I introduce myself as a product of the successful people I’ve surrounded myself with.” He seeks out high achievers and people with positive attitudes and plans to share his personal experience of those who have mentored him. He also will share examples of how staying true to values has helped him personally and has helped his company.

Bullard compares life to a book. “You remember the favorite parts and characters and reflect on how during challenging times you wanted to turn the page.”

Information for graduates:

Friday, May 3: There will be a graduation luncheon at noon in the Charleston Southern dining hall. RSVP to the alumni office. Graduation rehearsal is at 1:30 p.m. in Lightsey Chapel Auditorium.

Saturday, May 4: The North Charleston Coliseum is located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, N. Charleston, SC 29418.Coliseum parking information is available on their website.

Overflow parking will be at Tanger Outlet, with shuttle service provided.

No tickets are required; seating is on a first-come basis. Commencement participants must arrive at the Coliseum by 9 a.m. dressed in cap and gown to check in.

Attire for graduation: female students - slacks, dress or skirts with dress shoes; male students - slacks, white shirt and tie with dress shoes. No flip flops!

Undergraduates who have earned an honor cord will receive them at check in.  

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