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
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 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
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
Fabulous Equinox Orchestra
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.
Ruth Patrick Science Education Center
An Evening with Lauren Meccia and Friends
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
25th Anniversary of Oswald Series
Rededication of Banksia
Aiken Historic Museum
Theatre Performance of Snoopy
The Legacy Society Brunch
Etherredge Center Lobby
VMSS 10K Run
Jingle and Jazz
Aiken Center for the Arts
The Swinging Medallions
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)
School of Nursing Welcome (TBD)
Winter Nocturne highlighting John O’Connor
Songs of Gratitude
Hall of Fame Dinner & Athletics Alumni
Homecoming, CORE 4, and the Pacer Lasagna Dinner
Dar He: the Story of Emmett Till
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
Gregg-Graniteville Library and School of Education Children’s Symposium
American Ballet Theatre Studio Company
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
Chancellor Memoirs Then and Now
Branford Marsalis and Joey Calderazzo Duo
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.