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Darius Rucker’s Alma Mater Makes Him “Dr. Gamecock”

Photo by Keith E McGraw, Jr./University of South Carolina

Darius Rucker's musical career started nearly 30 years ago when he sang a Billy Joel song while alone in the communal shower in a dorm at the University of South Carolina.

Another student, Mark Bryan, walked by and heard Darius, and Mark suggested they start a band. Hootie & the Blowfish formed and was launched into pop music fame with Darius at the helm.

“All my dreams started to come true right here,” Darius said this past weekend (May 11) at University of South Carolina’s graduation ceremonies.

The university and its president, Dr. Harris Pastides, gave Darius an honorary doctorate during those ceremonies, according to

“Darius, you are a rock star and a cool guy,” the university president said, “but you are Dr. Gamecock now.”

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