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Commencement Ceremonies

Commencement exercises are held for graduation candidates in both May and December each year. The president of the University of South Carolina, presides over commencement. To honor their commitment, each degree candidate is recognized by name and congratulated by the dean of the graduate’s college or school.

Commencement Ceremony Eligibility

Students approved for degree candidacy or approved to walk early/late are eligible to participate in their academic unit's commencement ceremony. Prior to approval, you will need to complete the online graduation application


Get Your Tickets

Students participating in the Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Commencement Ceremonies must request tickets for their guests attending the event. View the Tickets and Seating page for more information.

Guest tickets are not required for the Doctoral, Law, and Medicine Ceremonies.


Plan for Your Big Day

Bachelor's, Master's and Professional Commencement

Get details about parking, photography and much more to make your experience as stress free as possible.

Doctoral, Law and Medicine Commencement

Find helpful commencement details including locations, times, parking and what to do in the event of bad weather.

Commencement Traditions

The University of South Carolina is home to traditions dating back more than 200 years. Get the stories behind some of the university’s most historic aspects.

Where to Stay

Learn more about places your guests can stay while attending your Commencement ceremony.


Faculty Participation
Learn how to RSVP for a commencement ceremony and find out where and when you should arrive.