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University Signature Events

The University of South Carolina is a place of near-constant activity. Beginning with your move-in week and culminating with commencement, the university hosts a broad spectrum of experiences that inform, educate and entertain the members of the Carolina community.

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UofSC Welcome

Before you hit the books, we want you to become familiar with the campus resources available to you and all of the ways that you can get involved. Welcome Week introduces you to the people, organizations and services that will make your college experience more engaging and purposeful. 



New students and their families are invited to join President Harris Pastides for a ceremony that commemorates your transition as a new member of the Carolina family. The reception that follows is a great way to meet the president, university administrators and fellow students.

Harris Pastides

State of the University

Also known as Celebrate Carolina, the marching band and refreshments make this a festive gathering held at the beginning of the fall semester. President Harris Pastides recognizes the contributions of students, faculty and staff during the previous year and shares his vision for the university's future.

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Homecoming is a special time that unifies alumni and current students. There are a variety of ways to get involved during this fun week of events, including the annual Homecoming Cup competition and the selection of our king and queen through the Homecoming Showcase. 


MLK Celebration 

For more than 30 years, we have honored the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The university celebrates his achievements and community focus with a wide-ranging week of activities, including a commemorative breakfast, a day of service, a food drive and presentation of the university’s Social Justice Awards.

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Commencement exercises are held in May and December each year. President Harris Pastides presides over the official ceremonies, which include Carolina’s tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name.

Upcoming Events

Stargazing at the Melton Memorial Observatory

Monday, Mar. 19, 2018

Location: Melton Observatory 201

Farmers Market

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Location: RHUU Greene Street Space 06, RHUU Greene Street Space 07, RHUU Greene Street Space 08, RHUU Greene Street Space 09, RHUU Greene Street Space 10

Nature of Spring with Rudy Mancke

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018

Location: McKissick Museum

Department of Sociology Annual Mayhew Lecture featuring Professor Cecilia Ridgeway

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Location: See event description for more details.

USC Jazz Faculty Concert

Thursday, Mar. 22, 2018

Location: School of Music 206

Physics & Astronomy Public Lecture: "The Promise and Challenges of Super Resolution Microscopy"

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Location: Darla Moore School of Business 101 - Johnson Performance Hall

Southern Exposure New Music- Yarn/Wire: Re/actions

Friday, Mar. 23, 2018

Location: School of Music 206

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