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USC IAP students and team celebrate their first Progression Ceremony


Reading Day, the day between the last day of classes and the first day of finals exams, is known as the day University of South Carolina students cram in all their last minute preparations before they tackle their final exams. For the USC International Accelerator Program team, Reading Day took on a bittersweet note as we held our very first USC IAP Progression Ceremony.Taking a quick break from their studies, 26 Integrated Accelerator and Academic Accelerator students from our first fall 2015 cohort successfully made it through their freshman year at USC – a truly momentous occasion! Our students, coming from China, India, Nigeria, Vietnam and the United Arab Emirates, celebrated the occasion by hearing from Student Services Director, Jason Vokral; Managing Director, Lauren Stone and Vice Provost and Director of Global Carolina Dr. Allen Miller. The group even heard from their own peers, two members of the IAP Student Advisory Committee, Fei Teng and Oyindamola Olorunfemi. Everyone reflected on the year behind them – the excitement of starting down a new path, creating new freiendships with people from all around the world, experiencing South Carolina culture and Gamecock traditions for the first time and even the challenges of being thousands of miles away from home, managing difficult academic coursework and even learning to confront culture shock.

Students hearing from Vice Provost and Director of Global Carolina, Dr. Allen Miller.









USC IAP students Fei Teng (left) and Oyindamola Olorunfemi (right) addressing their peers and reflecting on their time in the USC IAP this past year.

During the ceremony, students received a Certificate of Progression from Academic Director, Dr. Sherry Warren, congratulating and awarding them on all they accomplished during their freshman year.

That being said, we’d be fooling ourselves if we think that freshman year of college is only about academics. All of our students arrived on campus with their own unique personalities and throughout their first year we were all able to learn a little more about each of them. To finish the ceremony off, Student Services Advisors, Ford Johnson and Madeline Willett, awarded each student with a superlative highlighting their unique hobbies, interests, friendships and identities. Take a look below at the superlative “awards” our students received!

USC IAP “Superlative” Awards for the Fall 2015 Cohort

Mr. Fitness Award Vaibhav Agrawal
Leader of the Hoverboard Revolution Younes Ibrahim Al Kindi
Most Serious Funny Person Suhail Alahbabi
Best Mustache Nahyan AlAzazi
Future ADNOC CEO Mohammed AlDaheri
Best Movie Trailer Voice Abdulrahman Aldaheri
Most Contagious Laugh Mohamed Alhammadi
Trendiest T-Shirts Abdulla AlMarzooqi
Most Likely to Direct a Horror Movie Yaser Alsaadi
Most Likely to be Mistaken for an Adult Fahed AlWeibi
Mr. Congeniality   Rashed Alyammahi
Most Stoic Student Naishil Ambalia
The Bombatraf Yousef Bamatraf
Best Hair Vasu Bansal
Most Selfies Award Xin “April” Guan
Most American Friends Kunal Gupta
Best Gamer Jiacheng Huang
Most Improved Student Rishabh Laul
Swag Award Raghav Lila
Most Likely to Reschedule a 1-on-1 Rishabh Lohia
Fitness Queen Boi Boi “Suri” Ly
Most Likely to Own His Own Business           Vishal Malladi
Most Likely to Change the World Oyindamola “Mide” Olorunfemi
The Optimist Award Ravikaanth Rhambhotla
Most Inquisitive  Fei Teng
Best Beatboxer  Yi “Sirius” Xin
Best Basketball Player Tao Yang
Most Likely to Cheer You Up Zhengjing Ye
The Big Brother Award Dexuan “Bill” Zhu

From the entire USC International Accelerator Program team, we want to give a very warm congratulations to our first cohort of students and say “thank you” for all the great memories you’ve brought us! We wish you all the success in the rest of your college career and can’t wait to see where you go from here!

USC IAP fall 2015 cohort during the Progression Ceremony
USC IAP team and the fall 2015 cohort after their Progression Ceremony

USC IAP fall 2015 cohort during the Progression Ceremony 2
Of course, a silly photo of the cohort to finish off the night! 

Want to take a look back at the last year in the USC International Accelerator Program? Click below!

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