Graduation with Leadership Distinction

Advancing leadership is an important component of USC Salkehatchie and is its dedication to educating the future leaders of the state, the nation and the world.

Students who earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction demonstrate extensive, purposeful engagement beyond the classroom; understanding of course concepts in “real world” settings; and application of learning to make decisions and solve problems: cornerstones of USC Connect.

The Leadership Institute invests in USC Salkehatchie students by providing and advertising community opportunities to assist them in earning credit towards GLD.


Students are encouraged to meet with a GLD Advisor as soon as they consider pursuing GLD. Students will be encouraged to think about and discuss numerous possibilities to engage in purposeful activities year to year and make meaning of those experiences along the way. Email Dr. Sarah Miller for an appointment.

Informations/Introductory meetings are held each semester, if students cannot attend, contact Dr. Sarah Miller for an appointment.

GLD ePortfolio

Salkehatchie students are encouraged to sign up for UNIV 401 to create their GLD ePortfolio.  This class is offered every semester, but students are strongly encouraged to take it during Spring semester.  Permission for registration is granted by Dr. Sarah Miller.  


This formal distinction honors the broader scope of achievements for students engaged within and beyond the classroom and sets them apart in ways worthy of recognition by others (e.g., potential employers, graduate schools). Students are recognized with graduation cords and the distinction appears on graduates’ transcripts and diplomas as Graduation with Leadership Distinction in (Experience Pathway Name).


Students can earn Graduation with Leadership Distinction if they meet the requirements, graduate with an associate or baccalaureate degree in any major from USC Columbia, Lancaster, Salkehatchie, Sumter or Union and have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or greater.

GLD Orientation

Those interested in Graduation with Leadership Distinction need to complete the GLD Orientation.