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Queens, 16 other schools graduate Saturday

An iconic name in technology and the star of a TV reality series are among the guest speakers at Saturday’s college commencement exercises across the Carolinas.

It is the first big day of college graduations this year, with students from more than 80 four-year colleges and universities in the two states receiving diplomas this month.

Among schools awarding diplomas Saturday is Queens University of Charlotte, where environmental law specialist Donnell “Trip” Van Noppen III is speaking. Others include Apple Computers co-founder Steve Wozniak, addressing graduates at High Point University; and Lori Burns Allen, star of the TV series “Say Yes to the Dress,” who will speak at her alma mater, Columbia College.

Saturday’s graduations:

ANDERSON — 10 a.m., Alumni Lawn on campus.

BENNETT — 10:30 a.m., Academic Quadrangle on campus. Speaker: Patricia Russell-McCloud, author and motivational speaker.

CHARLESTON SOUTHERN – 10 a.m., North Charleston Coliseum.

THE CITADEL – 9 a.m., McAlister Field House. Speaker: Gen. Robert Cone, commander of U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command at Fort Eustis, Va.

COLUMBIA COLLEGE — 10 a.m., Township Auditorium, Columbia. Speaker: Lori Burns Allen, Columbia alumna and star of reality TV series “Say Yes to the Dress.”

FAYETTEVILLE STATE – 9 a.m., Crown Coliseum. Speaker: Sharon Orlopp, senior vice president of Walmart.

FRANCIS MARION – 10 a.m., Smith University Center.

FURMAN – 7:30 p.m., Seagraves Field. Speaker: Sister Peggy O’Neill, El Salvador peace activist.

HIGH POINT – 9 a.m., Roberts Hall Lawn. Speaker: Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple Computers.

LIVINGSTONE – 10 a.m., Alumni Memorial Stadium.

MORRIS — 10 a.m., Sumter County Civic Center.

NEWBERRY — 2 p.m., PE Complex.

NORTH CAROLINA WESLEYAN – 10 a.m., Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.

QUEENS UNIV. OF CHARLOTTE – 10 a.m., Burwell Lawn. Speaker: Donnell “Trip” Van Noppen III, president of the environmental law firm Earthjustice.

SAINT ANDREWS – 9 a.m., DeTamble Terrance.

UNC PEMBROKE – 9 a.m., Quadrangle. Speaker: Arlinda Locklear, Washington-based Native American rights activist.

WINTHROP – 11 a.m., Winthrop Coliseum. Staff reports

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