The Daily Gamecock

Commencement Issue: Jory Fleming spotlight

Fourth-year student Jory Fleming capped his decorated career at South Carolina by taking home the Algernon Sydney Sullivan award, the university's highest singular honor presented at Awards Day.

Fleming will embark on his next journey at Oxford University after being recognized as one of the University of South Carolina's few Rhodes Scholars.

Fleming, who was first diagnosed at 5 with an autism spectrum disorder, was home-schooled prior to his time on campus. He thrived upon his arrival, earning a 4.0 GPA while becoming a Capstone, Truman, Goldwater and Hollings Scholar.

Accompanied by his service dog Daisy, Fleming became an instantly recognizable figure on campus. He developed a reputation as one of South Carolina basketball's biggest supporters. In January he was honored by the program and named a co-captain by Frank Martin in a home game against Ole Miss.

Fleming also co-founded Cocky’s Canine PAALS. His organization helps coordinate student volunteers to support Palmetto Animal Assisted Life Services, the same organization that trained Daisy.

One of just 32 individuals to earn the Rhodes Scholarship, Fleming will pursue his master's in geography.