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Class of 2017 graduates this Saturday
05.01.2017 // University Relations
Charleston Southern University's 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum.
Joan Berry-Robinson, Vice President and General Manager for Boeing South Carolina, will deliver the keynote
message to this year's graduating class.
Charleston Business magazine recently recognized Berry-Robinson as one of the 50 most-influential people
in Charleston. She also received the Woman of Distinction and Accomplishment award
from Washington State African American Achievement Awards team and the Most Powerful
Women in Business by Black Enterprise.
Berry said her passion is “aspiring future generations to love STEAM careers. I love
to inspire children to be smart, talented, innovative engineers, technologist, mathematicians
and scientist for the future of our nation and the world.”
A native of Hollywood, California, Berry earned her Bachelor of Science degree from
California State Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management
and Business from University of California.
The CSU Class of 2017 will include 657 students. The most popular degree programs
from the Class of 2017 are:
- Criminal Justice
- Elementary and early childhood education
Students and faculty are to be in place on the lower level of the Coliseum NO LATER
than 9:00 a.m. Bring your cap and gown.
Security measures will be in effect. All bags are subject to search. As we strive
to make this a very joyous and respectful time, no airhorns or other types of noise
makers will be permitted. No weapons, including pocket knives will be allowed inside
As the North Charleston Arts Festival is being held on the outside of the Coliseum,
parking will be very limited. Shuttles will be provided to transport guests to and
from the Coliseum. FREE parking is available at the Fire Museum and Tanger Outlet
Mall. The shuttle service will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave
the Coliseum at 1:00 p.m. Everyone is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the
shuttle service to alleviate the volume of traffic that is anticipated at the Coliseum.
Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts
college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS)
and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision
is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning,
leading and serving.