Former Florida Governor Jeb Bush will be the commencement speaker at the University of South Carolina’s graduation ceremony next month.
The school announced Monday that Bush will speak at 3:30 p.m. on December 15 in a ceremony for roughly 1,900 students receiving a baccalaureate, master’s or professional-degrees. The school will also award Bush an honorary degree in public service during the ceremony. Graduates from USC’s satellite campuses will also get their degrees at the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia.
The announcement comes as the Republican is reported to be considering a run for the White House in 2016. Many potential GOP presidential candidates have been circulating through the state the past six months. Bush himself was in South Carolina last month, campaigning with Gov. Nikki Haley at stops in Lexington and Greenville.
He’s the third Bush to speak to USC graduates. His father, former President George H.W. Bush, spoke at USC’s 1990 commencement. His brother, former President George W. Bush, spoke to graduates during the spring 2003 commencement ceremonies. His mother Barbara has also received an honorary doctorate from the school.
Jeb Bush served as governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, becoming the state’s first two-term Republican governor.