ROCK HILL, S.C. - Reginald Lloyd, the U.S. attorney for South Carolina, will deliver the keynote address during the Dec. 16 undergraduate commencement ceremony at the Winthrop Coliseum.
Nearly 320 graduates will receive degrees during the 11 a.m. ceremony. Lloyd also will receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters.
After serving as a circuit court judge, Lloyd was sworn in on Feb. 28 as the 48th U.S. attorney for South Carolina. In this capacity, Lloyd serves as chief federal prosecutor for the state and chairman of the state’s Law Enforcement Coordinating Committee. He holds the honor of being the first African American in the U.S. attorney’s job on a permanent basis.
A native of Camden, S.C., Lloyd attended Kershaw County’s public schools, graduating from Camden High School in 1985. After graduating from Winthrop in 1989 with a degree in political science, Lloyd worked in Charlotte, N.C., for a year before entering the University of South Carolina School of Law. As a third-year law student, he received the Compleat Lawyer Award. He received his juris doctorate in 1993.
Lloyd practiced law in Columbia, S.C., both in the private and public sectors before working for the S.C. attorney general’s office from 1995-98. From 1998-2000, he served as director of research and chief counsel to the Judiciary Committee of the S.C. House of Representatives. Lloyd then was elected judge to the S.C. Circuit Court by the S.C. General Assembly.
Lloyd and his wife, Melissa Cooke Lloyd ’89, have one child, William.
In addition to the Dec. 16 undergraduate commencement, Winthrop will hold a separate graduate commencement ceremony on Dec. 14 to honor 108 students who will receive master’s and specialist degrees during the 7 p.m. ceremony in Byrnes Auditorium.