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June 21, 2012

South University awards master’s level criminal justice degrees for the first time

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US Senator Jim DeMint will address the Class of 2012

Columbia, S.C. (June 21, 2012) – South University will confer degrees on 251 students on Saturday, June 23 at 11:30 a.m. at the Koger Center for the Arts in Columbia. United States Senator Jim DeMint will deliver the commencement address.

Degrees will be awarded at the associate, bachelor’s or master’s levels in 19 programs, including the first graduates of South University’s Master of Science in Criminal Justice in Columbia. Other areas of study to award degrees include business administration, information technology, graphic design, health sciences, healthcare administration, legal studies, medical assisting, nursing and professional counseling. Thirty-seven percent of the graduates are earning master’s-level degrees, 48 percent are earning bachelor’s-level degrees, and 15 percent are earning associate-level degrees.

“The Class of 2012 is well prepared to face the challenging demands of today’s ever changing workplace,” said Gregory Shields, president of South University, Columbia. “Equipped with the skills and education that are in high demand today, I am confident that the Class of 2012 will overcome any challenges they may face as they embark on the start of their new careers.”

About Senator Jim DeMint

Since his first campaign for Congress in 1998, Jim DeMint has endeavored to be a principled leader who fights to secure the future for South Carolina and America.  Elected as South Carolina's 55th senator in 2004, DeMint established himself as an effective conservative leader in Washington, seeking to enact innovative solutions to improve America for future generations. Re-elected in 2010, he has been a tireless advocate for smaller government, individual liberty, a strong national defense and traditional values.  He has promoted common sense solutions to balance the budget; secure the border and reform our legal immigration system; and provide every American with the option for a personal health plan they can own, afford and keep.  A small business owner and community leader before his time in Congress, DeMint understands the greatness of America is found in its people and values, not its government.  The Senator and his wife, Debbie, reside in Greenville, South Carolina and are the proud parents of four married children. They are also greatly enjoying their growing number of grandchildren.

About South University

Established in 1899, South University ( is a private, accredited academic institution dedicated to providing educational opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of a diverse student population. South University offers over 50 degree programs across its 12 campuses located in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Ohio, Michigan, South Carolina, Texas, and Virginia. South University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award associate, baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of South University. OH Registration # 11-07-1971T; Licensed by the Florida Commission for Independent Education, License No. 2987.

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