CHARLESTON, S.C — Approximately 625 graduates received degrees from the Medical University of South Carolina’s six colleges curing commencement exercises Friday, May 20.
Former Shelby County resident Stephen Joseph Roller received the degree of Doctor of Health Administration during the exercises. Roller is a 2002 graduate of Houston High School. He is the son of Steve Roller and the late Amy Jo Roller. His grandparents are Joe and MaryAnn DeWeese, of Sidney.
Former 10-term Charleston Mayor Joseph P. Riley Jr. delivered the commencement address to the graduates.
Riley retired from public office Jan. 71 after serving 40 years as mayor. the city’s longest-serving top executive and one of the longest such tenures in the nation. He is largely credited with revitalizing the city’s urban district through such major projects as Charleston Place. the South Carolina Aquarium and Waterfront Park. He also received muck praise For his leadership following the city’s devastation from Hurricane Hugo 1989 and the slaying all nine parishioners at Emanuel AME Church on June 31, 2015.
He remains actively involved in plans for an African-American museum on Charleston Harbor, the port of entry for an estimated 40 percent of captive Africans during the slave trade.