2012 College of Charleston Undergraduate Commencement -- FULL Afternoon Ceremony





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Published on May 23, 2012

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The College of Charleston undergraduate commencement ceremonies were held on Saturday, May 12, 2012 in the historic Cistern Yard. An additional record breaking 160 students graduated from The Graduate School of the College of Charleston on May 11, 2012 in the TD Arena.

The commencement speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies was Arlinda Locklear '73, the first female Native American attorney to argue before the Supreme Court. During her 35-year career in federal Indian law, she has represented tribes throughout the country in federal and state courts on treaty claims to water and land, taxation disputes with states and local authorities, reservation boundary issues, and federal recognition of tribes. In 1984, Locklear appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court, where she successfully challenged South Dakota's authority to prosecute a Native American for on-reservation conduct. In doing so, she was the first Native American woman to appear before the Court.

The morning undergraduate ceremony included the School of Business, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, and School of Sciences and Mathematics. The afternoon undergraduate ceremony included the School of the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. Locklear and Norman and Gerry Sue Arnold, long-time philanthropists and community leaders for the College and the state, received Honorary Doctorate Degrees in Humane Letters during the afternoon ceremony.

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