To kick off the McNair Summer Research Experience, Scholars watched the Ronald E. McNair commencement address given to the graduates at the University of South Carolina in August 1984.
A South Carolina native, McNair was also awarded an honorary degree at this graduation ceremony. McNair was killed in the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster less than a year and a half later.
Dr. McNair’s message is as inspirational and relevant today as it was in 1984.
Brunelli, J. (2012). Astronaut Ron McNair delivers the commencement at the University of South Carolina [Online Video]. Strategic Marketing and Creative Services, University of South Carolina. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hXHgFtP4EjQ