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60 Years of Excellence

September 10, 2021, marks our 60th Anniversary and we've planned plenty of special events that span the entire academic year to celebrate the occasion. From Freshman Convocation to Homecoming, our 60th Anniversary Committee has been busy preparing activities and academic opportunities for everyone to enjoy.

Our History

Since even before its inception in 1961, UofSC Aiken has been about building partnerships. The creation of the university was the culmination of years-long grassroots organizing within the local community, and it was the start of a legacy of community comes first. Since then, we've moved locations, had six chancellors, carved out our place in the region, and so much more. And we're only getting started.

Learn about our History Take a trip through time

New Stories

We know there are stories about the impact the university has had on people's lives that haven't been heard. To celebrate this year, we want to tell the stories of the people that make UofSC Aiken what it is, from notable alumni doing great work in their communities to athletes who have lived out their dreams by going pro to students that have made a difference in the lives of others. If the university made an impact on someone's life, we want to celebrate it.

Read their stories Submit your story

The Committee

The 60th Anniversary Committee is comprised of volunteers from all across campus. Each member has been integral in the planning and execution of anniversary celebrations, and we're thankful for their contributions.

  • Mandi Askey
  • Debbie Boggs
  • Gina Buckley
  • Robin Callicott
  • Kerri Charles
  • Chris Clark
  • Bridget Coleman
  • Marissa Collins
  • Paul Crook
  • Mary Driscoll
  • Laura Foreman
  • Katie Gantt
  • Deborah Harmon
  • Alexia Helsley
  • John Hutchens
  • Sarah King
  • Rodney Lippard
  • Jessica Molidor
  • Stephanie Orozco
  • Ross Philbeck
  • Keely Rhodes
  • Dan Robb
  • Joel Scraper
  • Michael St. John
  • Stacie Williams
  • Carmen Williams
  • Deri Wills

Anniversary Events

The 60th Anniversary Committee has been hard at work planning events and activities to celebrate our anniversary. This is a list of some of the events we have planned so far, but we're adding more on a regular basis so make sure to check back often for updates.

Launch of the 60th Anniversary

September 10

  1. All Day Student Organization Mural Drawing (Penland Circle)

  2. Noon to 1:30: Sweet Treats served by the Cabinet:  Cotton Candy, Snow Cones, 60th Anniversary Cake, and Lemonade (Penland Circle)

  3. 4:30 to 6:00: 60th Anniversary Welcome Fall Fest for all Faculty and Staff (Gregg-Graniteville Library)

Fabulous Equinox Orchestra

September 18

Etherredge Center

Across America, audiences have fallen in love with these two sophisticated Southern gentlemen and the high-energy show that is Davis Johnson Present the Fabulous Equinox Orchestra. Along with the greatest songs, the best original arrangements and phenomenal musicianship, these two bring their rich friendship and charm to the stage.

SEED Day

October 9

Ruth Patrick Science Education Center

An Evening with Lauren Meccia and Friends

October 19

Etherredge Center

USC Aiken: A Community Dream at 60 - Gregg-Graniteville Library Museum Event Opening Reception

October 21 from 4-6 p.m.

Gregg-Graniteville Library, 1st floor museum

Beginning Friday, October 22, the exhibit hours are: Monday–Friday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

Fall 2021 Oswald Series featuring Pam Durban

October 26

25th Anniversary of Oswald Series

Rededication of Banksia

TBD

Aiken Historic Museum

Theatre Performance of Snoopy

November 11-14

Etherredge Center

The Legacy Society Brunch

November 12

Etherredge Center Lobby

VMSS 10K Run

November 13

Jingle and Jazz

December 1

Aiken Center for the Arts

December Convocation

December 9

Convocation Center

The Swinging Medallions

December 10

Convocation Center

No introduction is needed, just grab a pair of dancing shoes, and revel in the great music with this iconic group at our dance and dine concert on December 10th! This Holiday event, part of the University’s 60th Anniversary Celebration, will be presented at the USCA Convocation Center, and will include a catered meal and cash bar. For those who do not wish to eat, a concert-only ticket will also be available.

Italian Artist in Residence (TBD)

January/February

School of Nursing Welcome (TBD)

January/February

Winter Nocturne highlighting John O’Connor

February 3

Etherredge Center

Songs of Gratitude

February 8

Etherredge Center

Hall of Fame Dinner & Athletics Alumni

February 11

Convocation Center

Homecoming, CORE 4, and the Pacer Lasagna Dinner

February 12

Dar He: the Story of Emmett Till

February 19

Etherredge Center

We are happy to partner with our friends at the Center for African American History, Art, and Culture to bring this show to Aiken during Black History Month. Mike Wiley’s Dar He: The Story of Emmett Till promises to be a peak into the lives of those affected by historic racism, and to share their emotional story from 1955.

SOBA Business Symposium

February 24

Gregg-Graniteville Library and School of Education Children’s Symposium

March 26

American Ballet Theatre Studio Company

April 7

Etherredge Center

ABT Studio Company, the junior company of American Ballet Theatre, is made up of 12-18 rising stars of the ballet world between the ages of 16 and 20. ABT Studio Company prepares these outstanding young dancers, who hail from all over the globe, to enter the American Ballet Theatre or other leading ballet companies worldwide. Nearly 80% of current dancers in American Ballet Theatre are alumni of ABT Studio Company, including 13 Soloists and 9 Principal Dancers, among them Misty Copeland, David Hallberg, and Isabella Boylston.

Investiture of Dr. Heimmermann

April 8

Chancellor Memoirs Then and Now

April 8

Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo

April 29

Etherredge Center

After four decades in the international spotlight, the achievements of saxophonist Branford Marsalis continue to grow. From his initial recognition as a young jazz lion, he has expanded his vision as an instrumentalist, composer, bandleader and educator, crossing stylistic boundaries while maintaining an unwavering creative integrity. In the process, he has become a multi award-winning artist with three Grammys, a citation by the National Endowment for the Arts as a Jazz Master and an avatar of contemporary artistic excellence.

Spring Commencement

May 4

Convocation Center