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No moment in your years as a University of South Carolina student is as meaningful as commencement. Wherever you are right now, this moment is one you began earning during your first moments on campus and one that refuses to concede to life’s curveballs and challenges. You put your spurs up and made it!

There may not be an arena or the familiar closeness of your fellow classmates, but the Class of 2020 is graduating on the biggest stage we’ve ever built. We welcome the world to our celebration of 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 commencement and student addresses, vocal performances and, as always, South Carolina’s time-honored tradition of honoring each degree candidate individually.


Commencement begins as 2020-21 Student Body President Issy Rushton carries the university mace to signal that the proceedings are coming to order.

Issy Rushton holding the university mace

National Anthem

The School of Music’s Rebecca Loar, 2020 D.M.A., performance, sings “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

faculty member in commencement regalia

Welcome Remarks

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

President Caslen in commencement regalia

When we leave here today we will all be off in different directions. One thing always keeps us together — this place we have come to call home.

Madison Shienker, 2020 B.A. public relations, College of Information and Communications

Madison Shienker in commencement regalia

Commencement Address

UofSC Women's Basketball Head Coach and USA Basketball Coach Dawn Staley urges the Class of 2020 to find the opportunities in this unusual time in American history. She believes you're prepared to do more than stand at history's door — you're ready to meet the moment.

Women's basketball head coach Dawn Staley

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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You are joining a network of nearly 300,000 alumni who are collectively and individually making a difference in our world.

Robert Dozier, UofSC Alumni Association past president

Robert Dozier in regalia

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

Caroline Lee Miller, 2020 M.A., performance, from the School of Music performs the University of South Carolina alma mater.

faculty member on stage in commencement regalia


Graduate Student Association President Maggie Carson retires the mace, concluding the 2020 commencement exercises.

Maggie Carson holding the university mace