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Lander University Class of 2024 to Graduate on May 1

Watch it Live:

10 am -

2 pm -

These links will be live the day of the ceremony.


Lander University will celebrate the academic achievements of the Class of 2024 during its 169th Commencement Exercises on Wednesday, May 1, in Finis Horne Arena.

The University will conduct two ceremonies that day, with graduates participating in either the morning or afternoon exercises, according to their respective academic colleges:  


10 a.m. Ceremony

  • College of Arts & Humanities
  • College of Behavioral & Social Sciences
  • College of Business


2 p.m. Ceremony

  • College of Education
  • College of Science & Mathematics
  • School of Nursing
  • Interdisciplinary Studies Majors


Keynote Speaker

Matthew Logan, MD, President and Chief Executive Officer of Self Regional Healthcare, will serve as keynote speaker for both ceremonies.

A native of Greenwood, S.C., Dr. Logan graduated from Greenwood High School and Clemson University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Biological Sciences. He completed medical school at the University of South Carolina’s School of Medicine and an Emergency Medicine Residency at Palmetto Health/USC in Columbia, S.C. In 2018, he earned a master’s degree in healthcare management at the Harvard School of Public Health in Boston, Mass.

Dr. Logan has dedicated his career to improving the health of his community. For the past 20 years, he has worked as an Emergency Physician with Self Regional, an advanced healthcare system serving a population of more than a quarter of a million people in South Carolina’s Lakelands region. During this time, he served as the Medical Director of the Emergency Department for 11 years, as Chief of Staff for two years, and as Vice President & Chief Medical Officer for over three years. He was named President and CEO in December 2021. 

In addition to an esteemed medical career, Dr. Logan is very active in the local community, serving on the boards of directors for a number of medical, nonprofit and educational foundations.  



Tickets are required to attend the commencement ceremony, and graduates will be allowed up to eight tickets for guest seating at their ceremony in Horne Arena. Guests without tickets will be directed to the overflow area, where a livestream broadcast of the ceremony will be playing. Please note that official graduation tickets are only available through the Lander University Registrar’s Office, and they are physical tickets. “Virtual” or “online” tickets are not valid and cannot be used for admittance to the arena.


Guest Arrival

The doors to Horne Arena will be open from 9 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. for the morning ceremony, and from 1 p.m. to 1:45 p.m. for the afternoon ceremony. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis and is not reserved.

It is recommended that guests arrive early to ensure ample time for parking, security screening and to find seating. Guests who arrive late will be directed to the Abney Cultural Center, where the ceremony will be livestreamed inside the auditorium.



Parking is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Guests with limited mobility or physical disabilities may be dropped off at the Willson Street entrance of Horne Arena.



The University’s clear bag policy will be enforced in Finis Horne Arena and the Abney Cultural Center Auditorium. Metal detectors will be used at all entrances and items are subject to search. Noisemakers, airhorns and similar items are not permitted inside Horne Arena. Additionally, balloons, banners and other items that obstruct guests’ views of the stage are prohibited. 



For those unable to attend in person, the University will broadcast both ceremonies via livestream on the Lander website at


Additional Information

For more information about Lander’s commencement exercises, visit