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Multicultural Senior Recognition Ceremony

 The Multicultural Senior Recognition Ceremony acknowledges the unique experiences of underrepresented students at USC. This celebration serves to commemorate and highlight those experiences and accomplishments within students’ familial and cultural environment.  


The Multicultural Senior Recognition Ceremony is a pre-commencement celebration to honor a diverse student experience and our multicultural students who have successfully completed an undergraduate degree from the University of South Carolina.

During the program, we will recognize students’ individual accomplishments and provide an opportunity for graduates to honor those who have helped them achieve their milestone. Graduates are honored together in one setting, as their families celebrate their hard work and dedication. This celebration reinforces the bonds of scholarship, extends the sense of community, and ushers students into their alumni status.



The Ceremony has been canceled and rescheduled for 2021.

In the case of graduation celebration overlap, students will need to make a choice of which event to attend. Students also may purchase a stole and not participate in the ceremony. 

Students can receive one of the following stoles:

  • Multicultural Stole: Multicultural Stole (white background with multi-ethnic colors); represents ALL students Black, Hispanic/Latinx, Asian/Pacific Islander, American Indian, Multiracial identities, etc.
  • Black/African American Stole: Kente Stole (Black Background with Pan-African colors); African, African American, Black identities
  • Hispanic/Latinx Stole: Serape Stole (Red Background, Serape); Hispanic/Latinx identities
  • Lavender Stole: (Lavender Background with Rainbow); LGBTQ+ identities

What is the dress code for graduation? 

Dress to represent you! You do not have to wear your cap and gown, but you can wear what you believe dress up for this event. Please wear shoes and shirt!

How many guests may I invite?

There are no limits on the number of guests you may invite, but we do ask you to be considerate of your peers.

Student Registration cost is a Non-Refundable $40 (one-time fee). This will cover the cost of your Stole, Commemorative Booklet, Reception and other event expenses.

 Your Registration is NOT complete until payment is received. No exceptions will be made.

Do I need to fill out an application/apply to participate? 

Yes! This is an application process and does not guarantee you a spot in the ceremony or a stole. While we would like to celebrate everyone, spots are limited so please apply early!



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