USC Salkehatchie held its 2010 Commencement exercises May 3, and a record 169 degrees were awarded. That included 137 associate’s degrees, as well as 32 bachelor’s degrees awarded by USC sister campuses. Those bachelor’s degrees included 14 Bachelor’s of Science in Nursing in partnership with USC Columbia; 6 Bachelor of Liberal Studies degrees in partnership with USC Columbia; and 12 Bachelor’s of Arts in Elementary Education degrees in partnership with USC Aiken. In celebration of the first graduating class from the nursing partnership, M. Edward Sellers, Chief Executive Officer of BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina, was the commencement speaker. The BlueCross BlueShield of South Carolina Foundation was an early supporter of the rural nursing program at this campus. Special honors that eveningincluded the Commencement Speaker Scholarship awarded in honor of Mr. Sellers to Taylor Burns of St. George; theProfessor of the Year award given to Professor Duncan McDowell; and the Outstanding Student of the Year award, given to graduate Wally West. Also recognized were Reid Boylston of Barnwell as Friend of the USC Salkehatchie Campus and Hazel Smith of Hampton for her Outstanding Contribution to the Community.