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Citadel News Service

For Release
March 19. 2004

Corps of Cadets, graduate school
commencement speakers announced

          The Citadel has selected a Charleston businessman and the governor of South Carolina to deliver this year's commencement addresses to College of Graduate and Professional Studies and the South Carolina Corps of Cadets.

          William B. Hewitt, president of Sirius Ventures Inc., a consulting firm specializing in credit and receivables management, will speak to about 140 students receiving graduate and evening program undergraduate degrees from The Citadel's College of Graduate and Professional Studies. Commencement begins at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 2 in McAlister Field House.

          Hewitt spent nine years in the U.S. Coast Guard before beginning his business career in 1968 with TRW, where, among other things, he managed technology systems for Army intelligence. In 1980, Hewitt went on to be a founding partner in First Manhattan Consulting Group. In 1991, he joined Union Corp. as president and CEO of the subsidiary Capital Credit. In 1995 he was named president of Union Corp in 1995 and CEO in 1997.

          A native of Bryn Mawr, Pa., Hewitt is a graduate of the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Naval Postgraduate School and the University of Connecticut. He received an honorary doctor of humane letters from the Medical University of South Carolina. He is chairman of the board of Spoleto Festival USA.

          Gov. Mark Sanford will deliver the commencement address to an estimated 400 graduating members of the South Carolina Corps of Cadets at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, May 8 in McAlister Field House.

          Sanford was elected governor in 2002 and took office in January 2003. A resident of Sullivan's Island, Sanford served six years in the U.S. Congress where he also was a member of the Joint Tax Committee and the International Relations Committee. He stepped down in 2001, keeping a promise to limit his term in office.

          Sanford graduated from Beaufort High School. He received a bachelor's in business from Furman University and his masters in business from the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business. Before running for office for the first time in 1994, he worked in real estate finance and investment in New York and Charleston.

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