Former NY governor Pataki speaks to USC grads

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Former New York Gov. George Pataki says graduates should seek the unity and optimism he saw in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.

Pataki addressed graduates of all eight University of South Carolina campuses Saturday at a combined summer commencement exercise.

The Republican served three terms as New York’s governor from 1995 through 2006.

Pataki told graduates he saw hopefulness amid the tragedy of the attacks. He told them to remember the spirit that binds Americans together during this time of economic uncertainty and joblessness.

Pataki now works as an attorney for the New York law firm, specializing in environmental, corporate and climate change law.

University officials say around 1,400 degrees were awarded at the ceremonies on Saturday. Pataki received an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

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