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Nicole Tepper delivers keynote address, as first Tepper Scholars graduate

Nicole Tepper delivers keynote address, as first Tepper Scholars graduate

Friday night saw the first four graduates of the Tepper Scholars Program begin their commencement activities, and Nicole Tepper was on-hand to see her vision for the program truly come to fruition.

“There are no words to adequately express how incredible this inaugural class is and how much this group means to me, my family, and so many others,” said Tepper. “David and I have always been passionate about higher education and particularly about extending education resources and avenues to the best and brightest. We are so proud to support the next generation of leaders across the sport and entertainment management landscape, fostering their enthusiasm for learning and helping them to prepare for future careers in this competitive, rewarding field. We’re humbled to play even a small part in starting the members of our incredibly talented cohort on their career and life journeys.”

The inaugural class of Tepper Scholar graduates are Madelin McLean, Jordan Mooring, Devon Watson and Hannah Margeson. Following the ceremony, the Teppers hosted a private dinner reception in the Presidential Dining Room at the USC Alumni Center. Each graduate, along with their families and guests, talked with Nicole and USC staff about their experiences, expressing their gratitude for the support they have received throughout their time in the program, and beyond.

“Working with Mr. and Mrs. Tepper has been such a unique opportunity,” said McLean. “They’re always willing to lend an ear if we need advice, and they’re always going to be our number ones fans supporting us no matter what we do.”

The graduates intend to take all they’ve learned, both in school and through the hands-on experience and mentorship offered by the Tepper Scholars Program, to now pursue careers in the sports and entertainment industry.

“When I came into college, I knew what I wanted to do, but I didn’t necessarily know how to get there,” said Watson. “I didn’t know what life after college was going to look like. Now I feel like I have a clear picture. The program hasn’t just shaped my experience, it’s been my experience.”

Beyond the mentorship and career development, the program has also helped to create a sense of camaraderie and support within its members, as they look to tackle challenges together and face their next steps head on.

“This program has started a community at the University of South Carolina,” said Mooring. “It’s given me people that I can lean…

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