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The third annual Homecoming Pacer Bridge Walk led by Dr. Mark Hollingsworth on bagpipes was held Saturday prior to the women's basketball game at the Convocation Center.

Before the double header basketball game at USC Aiken on Saturday afternoon, the school held a special walk across the bridge for alumni as part of its homecoming festivities.

Led by Dr. Mark Hollingsworth and Chancellor Dr. Sandra Jordan, alumni walked from the Pickens-Salley House to the Convocation Center ahead of the women’s game.

Hollingsworth is the dean of the College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at USC Aiken, and also plays bagpipes, so he donned his family kilt and led the procession across the bridge playing the bagpipes.

“Homecoming is just a time for all alumni to come back and see their progress and what they’ve done with themselves,” Hollingsworth said after the walk.

“It’s an important time, and it’s great to have all the alumni come back, and also a lot of former professors who are retired come to homecoming as well… so you get to catch up. It’s always nice to see our graduates and find out they’re successful. It’s what I really like about homecoming,” he said.

Saturday was the first time Hollingsworth has played for the alumni bridge walk.

After the walk, alumni headed into the Convocation Center to cheer on the Pacers basketball teams, with an after party at the downtown Mardi Gras celebration held by USC Aiken and the Aiken Downtown Development Association.

Lindsey Hodges is a general assignment reporter at the Aiken Standard and North Augusta Star. Follow her on Twitter at @LindseyNHodges.