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The first time you stepped on the University of South Carolina campus you were working for this moment. No matter where you are right now or life's challenges that lie ahead, nothing can dim your remarkable accomplishment. Here's a health to you!

Commencement is a moment; not a place. And while you're not on campus or at the arena walking alongside your classmates, you're graduating on the biggest stage we’ve ever built. We welcome the world to our celebration of the Class of 2020 and cheer with them in recognition for all you've accomplished in your time as a student at the University of South Carolina.

Let’s get started.

Order of the Ceremony

President Robert L. Caslen Jr. presides over the the university’s official commencement exercises which include his special remarks, as well as a commencement address, vocal performances and, as always, South Carolina’s time-honored tradition of recognizing each degree candidate individually.


2020-21 Student Body President Issy Rushton holds the university mace to signal the start of proceedings as she and Graduate Student Association President Maggie Carson congratulate the candidates of the Class of 2020.

Issy Rushton holding mace and Maggie Carson

National Anthem

The School of Music’s Catherine Elena Howland, 2020 baccalaureate degree candidate in music education, performance, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

baccalaureate student in commencement regalia


President Robert L. Caslen Jr. welcomes you to the 2020 Fall Commencement Exercises and congratulates the Class of 2020 for their commitment and accomplishments as students.

President Caslen in commencement regalia

Commencement Address

City of Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin (’91 political science, ’94 law) began his public service as a UofSC student senator and later served as student body president. His inspiring message challenges graduates to always listen, to believe in second chances, and to remember the words of a 1987 campus visitor.

City of Columbia Mayor Stephen K. Benjamin

Candidate Presentation and Degree Conferral

On behalf of the South Carolina General Assembly, the Board of Trustees and the faculty of the University of South Carolina, Provost William F. Tate IV presents candidates for degree conferral by President Caslen.

Provost William Tate in commencement regalia

Recognition of Graduates

Enter Williams-Brice Stadium for the first time as a graduate to see your personal degree acknowledgement and that of your fellow classmates come to life. Use the links above to view graduates by degree-granting college or school.

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I congratulate you for the hard work that brings you to this extraordinary occasion. You have grown as individuals. You have added value to our university.

Robin D. Roberts, President, UofSC Alumni Association

Headshot of Robin Roberts

Closing Remarks

President Caslen officially welcomes the newest University of South Carolina graduates to our alumni community, which includes Gamecocks living and working throughout the world.

President Caslen in commencement regalia

Alma Mater

Shekinah Frieson, master’s degree candidate in voice performance, from the School of Music performs the University of South Carolina alma mater.

graduate student on stage in commencement regalia