Published March 6, 2009
U.S. Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., will serve as the keynote commencement speaker during the May 16 graduation ceremony for the Charleston School of Law, board chairman Alex Sanders announced today.
“Congressman Clyburn will bring our students a unique opportunity to experience, simultaneously, a historic figure from the civil rights era and a public official now involved in the very highest echelons of government,” Sanders said.
As majority whip, Clyburn is recognized as the third-most-powerful member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Clyburn, who was elected to the position in November 2006, is the first South Carolinian and the second black congressman to hold the position.
Clyburn was elected to Congress in 1992.
“Had this school existed when I was a young man living and working in Charleston, perhaps I would have been able to finish the law degree I started in Columbia and didn’t complete, much to my wife’s dismay,” Clyburn said. “I thank Chairman Sanders and the Charleston School of Law for providing me this opportunity to participate in a law school graduation many years after I should have been participating in my own.”
The Charleston School of Law’s graduation ceremony will be at 2 p.m. May 16 at McAlister Field House at The Citadel.