University of South Carolina

About Special Events

As part of the University of South Carolina's overall external outreach efforts, the Special Events Office is responsible for the planning, coordination and execution of events sponsored by the Office of the President.

In addition, the Office serves as a resource to the entire University of South Carolina system, providing expertise and guidance in the planning and implementation of events hosted by individual colleges, departments and other campuses.

How to Plan a Special Event

  • Checklist
    This helpful checklist will make sure you have all your bases covered when planning your event, from beginning to end. It covers all stages of planning an event, from creating the budget, to guest lists and invitations, all the way to thank you letters. Whether your event is large or small, you as the event planner decide which aspects of the checklist apply to your event. Download PDF
  • Timeline
    Use this timeline to stay on time when planning your event. It is always better to be early or on time, but in the world of special events, be prepared for last minute work. Download PDF
  • Space Reservations
    If you need to rent space on campus, review this sheet for more information on rooms and contact information. Download PDF | Campus map
  • Banners, Props & Signage
    Creative Services has banners and podium signage bearing the University of South Carolina's official logo available for loan. Props for a variety of events are also available. Email to reserve.

Special Event Photography
University Technology Services offers photography services to capture your special event. View more information

Currell College Annex
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC 29208
Phone: 803-777-3235
Fax: 803-777-5359

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