Rep. Bruce Bannister announced as the Class of 2024 Commencement speaker for The Citadel Graduate College  

Corps of Cadets and Graduate College ceremonies to be held May 4

On Saturday May 4, S.C. Representative Bruce Bannister will serve as commencement speaker for The Citadel Graduate College Class of 2024. The ceremony will be held at 3:30 p.m. in McAlister Field House; more information can be found here.

Bannister is a member of the South Carolina House of Representatives, and Partner of Bannister and Wyatt, LLC, a Greenville-based law firm.

Bannister graduated from Davidson College in 1995 and went on to earn his law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1998.

Admitted to the practice of law in South Carolina in 1998, Bannister was elected as the SC House District 24 Representative in 2005. He was elected by his peers to serve as the Assistant Majority leader for the SC House Republican Caucus from 2008-2012, and as the House Majority Leader from 2012-2016. Bannister currently serves as Chairman of the Ways and Means Committee.

In his law practice, Bannister primarily focuses on family law, eminent domain, and real estate law. He has tried cases involving personal injury, premises liability, eminent domain, education law, residential real estate, commercial real estate, government, zoning, planning, and land use.

Bannister is a lifelong resident of Greenville, where he serves as a member of the Wig and Robe, South Carolina Bar and the Better Business Bureau. He is a LexisNexis Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated lawyer and has also taught as an adjunct professor at Greenville Technical College. He also holds previous experience as a law clerk to the Honorable Larry R. Patterson, Circuit Court Judge.

As an active member within the community, Bannister is a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXVI and a member of Liberty Fellowship’s Class of 2014. He currently serves as a member on the A Child’s Haven Advisory Board and is a past Board Member for the Greenville Peace Center, the Children’s Museum of the Upstate and the St. Andrews Society of Greenville. In 2011, Bannister received the Children’s Hospital Legislative Advocacy Award for his efforts on behalf of the SC Institute for Child Success.

Earlier on May 4, at 9 a.m., The Citadel will hold a commencement ceremony for the South Carolina Corps of Cadets in McAlister Field House. The first female graduate from the Corps of Cadets, U.S. Representative Nancy Mace will be the commencement speaker at that event.