May 5, 2017
CHARLESTON, SC – Wofford College President Emeritus Benjamin Dunlap, Ph.D., will deliver the commencement address to graduates of the Medical University of South Carolina on May 19, 2017.
Approximately 625 graduates will receive degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina’s six colleges during the ceremony scheduled for 9 a.m. at the Horseshoe on the MUSC campus.
Dunlap served as Wofford’s president from 2000 to 2013, during which time the college maintained a reputation as one of the leading liberal arts colleges in the South. Prior to his position as president, he served on the Wofford faculty as Chapman Family Professor in the Humanities.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Dunlap graduated summa cum laude from Sewanee: The University of the South and attended Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar. He continued his graduate studies at Harvard University, earning a doctorate in English language and literature. Dunlap served on the Harvard faculty before returning to his hometown to join the faculty of the University of South Carolina, where he was cited as USC Teacher of the Year and received the Russell Award for Distinguished Scholarship.
Deeply versed in the humanities, Dunlap’s interests are widespread and diverse, ranging from literature, intellectual history, Asian studies, film history, and criticism to fiction writing and the fine arts. He is a popular lecturer, and was named one of “Fifty Remarkable People” at the 2007 TED Conference in Monterrey, California, along with former President Bill Clinton, NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul Jabbar and award-winning singer-songwriter Paul Simon. Dunlap has been affiliated with the Aspen Institute since 1985 and has served as moderator for many of the nonprofit organization’s seminars on leadership.
Dunlap is a prolific author and is an award-winning contributor to more than a hundred programs and series, primarily for public television. He also performed for the Columbia City Ballet for 4 ½ years. He will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
S.C. State Sen. John Matthews Jr. of Orangeburg and Timothy Keating, senior vice president of government operations for The Boeing Company, also will receive honorary degrees of Doctor of Humane Letters.
Pamela Cipriano, Ph.D., RN, president of the American Nurses Association and a former administrator for MUSC, will receive an honorary degree of Doctor of Science, honoris causa.
Founded in 1824 in Charleston, The Medical University of South Carolina is the oldest medical school in the South. Today, MUSC continues the tradition of excellence in education, research, and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges (Dental Medicine, Graduate Studies, Health Professions, Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy), and has nearly 14,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of more than $3.8 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized Children's Hospital, the Ashley River Tower (cardiovascular, digestive disease, and surgical oncology), Hollings Cancer Center (a National Cancer Institute-designated center), Level I Trauma Center, Institute of Psychiatry, and the state’s only transplant center. In 2017, for the third consecutive year, U.S. News & World Report named MUSC Health the number one hospital in South Carolina. For more information on academic programs or clinical services, visit musc.edu. For more information on hospital patient services, visit MUSChealth.org.