South Carolina State University will hold its Fall Commencement Ceremony at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 13, in the Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium.
Brig. Gen. Milford "Beags" Beagle Jr., commanding general of the U.S. Army Training Center at Fort Jackson, will deliver the commencement speech to the graduating class. Beagle is a 1990 distinguished military graduate of SC State.
Fall Commencement has been reinstated at SC State to highlight the significant milestone of earning a degree, for students who complete their undergraduate course work long before Spring Commencement. After Fall Commencement, students can focus more on their career and graduate school goals without waiting several months to walk across the stage.
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"For some students, commencement will celebrate the first earned degree in their family. For other students, earning a degree at South Carolina State University represents a legacy of family members who continue to earn academic credentials at SCSU," said Dr. William Whittaker, acting associate provost of Academic Affairs. "In all cases, our students will follow the tradition of academic excellence and join the academic ranks of the college educated who are highly skilled, competent and socially aware graduates that will work and live productively in a dynamic, global society."
Fall 2019 graduates will be addressed by a fellow Bulldog, who is an emblem of excellence, tenacity and leadership that SC State strives to cultivate.
Beagle, an Enoree native, was inducted into SC State's U.S. Army ROTC Hall of Fame in 2018, which is the same year he became the commanding general at Fort Jackson. He previously served as the deputy commanding general of support at Fort Drum, New York. He holds master's degrees from Kansas State University and the U.S. Army School of Advanced Military Studies in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
Additionally, Beagle served as director of operations for the Army, NATO training mission in Afghanistan. His career assignments have spanned across the globe, from Hawaii to South Korea. He also served as the executive officer to the vice chief of staff of the U.S. Army.
His combat and operational experience include Operation Iraqi Freedom, Iraq; Operation Inherent Resolve, Iraq; and Operation Enduring Freedom, Afghanistan.
Beagle received various awards and decorations, including the Defense Superior Service Medal, Expert Infantryman's Badge and Pathfinder Badge.