Former Gamecock All-American infielder Drew Meyer never had a doubt that he would earn his degree from South Carolina. After a nine year professional baseball career, he came back to school in 2011 through the Carolina Degree Completion Program, earned straight A’s over the next year and a half and discovered a professional network of fellow Gamecocks that helped him start his new life after athletics.

“I’d tell any athlete who didn’t graduate, do everything you can to finish your degree and be proud of it,” Meyer said. “You have to have your degree to be successful out there in the business world. It’s a sense of pride and accomplishment for me. It was something special to walk across that stage even though it was years later. It doesn’t matter when you get it done.”

The Carolina Degree Completion Program is part of the Gamecock Student-Athlete Promise and is for student-athletes who left the university in good academic standing to pursue a professional career, or did not complete their degree due to personal circumstances. The program allows those former student-athletes to apply to be readmitted to the university and come back to campus to finish their degree.

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