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Citadel News Service
18 Feb 2008

The Citadel announces Class of 2008 commencement speakers

U.S. Sen. Lindsey Graham and College of Charleston President George Benson will deliver the commencement addresses at The Citadel in May.  

Lindsey Graham

Graham will address the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 3. Benson will speak to the graduating class of The Citadel Graduate College at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 4.

Around 400 cadets and active duty military personnel and about 230 graduate students are expected to receive degrees with the Class of 2008.

Graham was elected to the U.S. Senate in 2002. He earned his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of South Carolina. Graham served on active duty with the U.S. Air Force as a lawyer. Upon leaving the Air Force in 1989 he joined the South Carolina Air National Guard where he served until he was elected to the U.S. House of Representatives in 1994, when he became the first Republican to represent the state’s Third Congressional District since 1877.

In Washington, Graham serves on the agriculture, armed services, judiciary, budget and veterans affairs committees.

Benson became the 21st president of the College of Charleston in February 2007. A native of Lewisburg, Pa., he received his BA in math from Bucknell University, did graduate work in operations research at New York University and earned his doctorate in decision sciences from the University of Florida.

George Benson

In higher education, Benson has served as dean of Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, as dean of the Rutgers University Business School and was a faculty member in the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. His first job out of college was as a management analyst for the U.S. Army Security Agency in Arlington, Va. After that he was on the technical staff at AT&T’s Bell Telephone Laboratories in New Jersey.

Commencement week at The Citadel is the culmination of years of academic work by cadets and evening undergraduate and graduate students. To mark the occasion, a week of events will be planned that include parades, awards presentations, diploma presentations by alumni mothers and fathers and numerous other special events for graduates and their families.

A complete schedule of events will be announced in the coming weeks and will be posted at


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