Northeastern Technical College has announced that former SC Governor James H. "Jim" Hodges will be the keynote speaker at the college's 41st commencement ceremony Saturday, May 17, at 10 am, in the Cheraw High School Gymnasium.
The ceremony will honor close to 200 individuals from Chesterfield, Marlboro, and Dillon counties and the surrounding area who will be receiving degrees, certificates and diplomas in arts and sciences, early childhood, business, computer technology, health sciences, nurse preparation, industrial technology and criminal justice.
Hodges served as South Carolina's 114th Governor from 1999 until 2003. Education was a top priority for Hodges and during his term, he helped to make great strides in the area of education throughout the state. During his first year as governor he won approval for a referendum on a state lottery, provided $1 billion for school construction without raising taxes, and launched the First Steps to School Readiness early children education initiative.
Hodges attended Davidson College and graduated with a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina in 1979 and a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1982. Prior to serving as Governor, Hodges served 11 years in the SC House of Representatives from 1986 to 1998.
Today, the former governor is a senior advisor at McGuire Woods Consulting, LLC and partner at McGuireWoods, LLP law firm in Columbia. He and his wife live in Columbia.
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