- Associated Press - Monday, December 14, 2015

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The longest-serving mayor in Charleston’s 345-year history is addressing graduates at the University of South Carolina as he leaves office.

Ten-term Mayor Joe Riley delivers the winter commencement address Monday afternoon. It honors those earning baccalaureate, master’s and professional-degrees from all eight campuses. Riley is retiring next month after four decades in office.

President Barack Obama this year appointed Riley to a four-year term on the Advisory Council on Historic Preservation as a representative of the nation’s mayors.

The commencement also features author and historian Walter Edgar, who will receive the honorary degree of doctor of humane letters.

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