Letter to the graduates: Chair of USC's Alumni Association’s Columbia club Brooke Bailey

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Dear University of South Carolina Graduates,

On behalf of all local alumni, congratulations University of South Carolina Class of 2020! You’re a student for a short time, but a Gamecock for a lifetime. And you now join a network of over 310,000 living alumni across the globe. 

We recognize these last three months and this celebratory time may not be what you anticipated or expected when you first stepped on the UofSC campus. But if anything, Gamecocks are resilient; you have the ability to get through absolutely anything. It is times like these that bring out the best in people reunites people and showcases our Carolina community. It’s important now, more than ever, to show the world what you, as Gamecocks, can accomplish. And that is exactly what you will do.

As you reflect on your time here, take the lessons learned today and throughout your time at Carolina to make the most of all that is yet to come. The education, experiences, friendships and memories you made will stay with you forever.

Always, always be proud to be a Gamecock. Afterall, we are fortunate to be a part of an institution that still preserves the beauty and history of its original campus, founded in 1801 on the historic horseshoe, and has evolved into a major research university continuing to build on the innovations of the present and prepare for the future.

Celebrate! You have earned it. As you determine where next steps lead you, know there are alumni waiting to connect with you. Whether you are staying in the Midlands, moving back home or have landed your first dream job, there are University of South Carolina Alumni Association clubs across the country ready to connect you with fellow gamecocks to advance your careers, passions and the UofSC.

Again, congratulations. Welcome to the alumni family. And remember, you always have a place to call home.

Forever to thee.

Brooke Bailey, Chair

Columbia Gamecocks


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