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Citadel News Service


For Release
March 29, 2001

 

THE CITADEL ANNOUNCES MAY 2001 COMMENCEMENT SPEAKERS

          Dr. Ray Greenberg, president of the Medical University of South Carolina, and author and Citadel graduate Pat Conroy will speak during May commencements at The Citadel.

          Greenberg, a native of Chapel Hill, N.C., will address about 100 College of Graduate and Professional Studies students during commencement at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6 in McAlister Field House.

          Conroy, a 1967 graduate of The Citadel, will speak before 372 graduating cadets and nine active duty military personnel also receiving degrees during the Corps of Cadet commencement, which begins at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 12 in McAlister Field House.

           Greenberg, the CGPS commencement speaker, was named MUSC's eighth president on Jan. 1, 2000. He is a graduate of the University of North Carolina and Duke and Harvard universities. The author of about 150 scientific publications, Greenberg is nationally recognized for his research on the causes of cancer, particularly cancer among African Americans.

          Conroy, who lives on Fripp Island in Beaufort County, received an honorary doctorate of letters from The Citadel in October.

          Conroy has written six books, all of them set in South Carolina, in his more than 30 years as a writer. The Lords of Discipline and his first book The Boo are based on his experiences as a Citadel cadet in the 1960s. His forthcoming book, a work of nonfiction, will showcase the lives of 12 members of the 1966-67 Citadel basketball team.

          Conroy remains active at The Citadel. He is leading fund-raising efforts to dedicate the Courvoisie Banquet Hall in the new John Monroe J. Holliday Alumni Center in honor of former assistant commandant Col. Thomas Nugent Courvoisie, Class of 1938, otherwise known as The Boo.

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