Celebrating USC’s Impact at Carolina Day 2023

While most people receive flowers and chocolates on the 14th of February, members of the South Carolina Legislature walked into their office to an extra special gift — a coffee mug emblazoned with “I Heart USC” across the front. A sticker on the packaging parodies the classic poem:

“Roses are red, Violets are Blue. It’s Carolina Day — We hope to see you!”

University of South Carolina administrators, Board Members, and advocates from system campuses across the Palmetto State gathered in Columbia to show their love for USC. House and Senate Resolutions were read during their respective sessions — legislators celebrating the state’s flagship university and its impact across the state of South Carolina and beyond.

Senator Nikki G. Setzler, D-26, welcomed President Michael Amiridis to the session. “Thank you for being here at the University of South Carolina, your vision, your energy, your compassion that you have, your willingness to listen, and hear, and your tremendous understanding of the impact the University of South Carolina has on the citizens on this state and the world we live in,” Senator Setzler said.

Senator Nikki G. Setzler and other Senate members applaud, facing up and to the right towards the gallery.
Senator Nikki G. Setzler, D-26, and other Senate members welcome USC advocates to the State House.
"I Heart USC" buttons formed in the shape of a heart on red felt

A Resolution was read at 12:36 p.m., titled “A Senate Resolution to Recognize and Honor the University of South Carolina and the Entire USC System for Its Many and Significant Contributions to the Education and Culture of Our Citizens and to Declare February 14, 2023 Carolina Day at the State House.”

The Senate recognized not only the remarkable acccomplishments of the university, but also its alumni. USC alumni contribute to the $6.2 billion impact on South Carolina’s economy, a 25-to-1 return on investment. Meanwhile USC has been able to freeze tuition costs system-wide for the past four years.

“To all the students out there…see the university and recognize the yeoman’s job it is to take all of South Carolina’s citizens and give us a quality education,” said Representative J. Todd Rutherford, D-74, in the February 14 House session. “We applaud you. We stand with you.”

Forever To Thee.

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Mascots from USC system campuses pose for a photo

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