Univ. of South Carolina president apologizes, admits to plagiarizing end of commencement speech

By: | May 11, 2021

University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen admitted plagiarizing a portion of the speech he delivered during an on-campus graduation ceremony on May 7, issuing an apology three days later and taking full responsibility for not citing its original speaker.

Caslen delivered the copycat remarks to graduates of USC’s Arnold School of Public Health, School of Music and the Darla Moore School of Business. He repeated the unattributed remarks during at least one other ceremony, held the morning of May 8.

The wording in question — lasting some two paragraphs in length — was originally made by retired U.S. Navy four-star Adm. William McRaven during a 2014 commencement at the University of Texas.

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