University of South Carolina president Robert Caslen is already in trouble for ending one of his commencement addresses this year with congratulations to “the newest alumni from the University of California.”
Now, he’s admitting that he plagiarized part of the speech he delivered during an on-campus graduation ceremony on May 7, The Post and Courier reported. Caslen delivered the remarks to graduates of the university’s Arnold School of Public Health, School of Music and the Darla Moore School of Business.
The wording — two paragraphs in length — was originally delivered by retired U.S. Navy four-star admiral William McRaven during a 2014 commencement at the University of Texas at Austin.
In a statement, Caslen said, “I am truly sorry. During my remarks in our weekend commencement ceremonies, I shared a well-known quote from Admiral William McRaven and failed to cite him as its original author and speaker. I take full responsibility for this oversight. I sincerely apologize to Admiral McRaven, someone I know and respect, our graduates, their families and the entire university community for not leading by example.”