graduating students


Celebrate your graduate at our upcoming commencement ceremony on Monday, December 16. Here are details to make your time on campus enjoyable and hassle free.

Baccalaureate, Master's and Professional Ceremonies

When: Monday, December 16, 2019 — 2:30 p.m.
Where: Colonial Life Arena

The president of the University of South Carolina presides over official ceremonies, which include Carolina’s tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name. During the ceremony, graduation candidates will be personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the president and the dean of the graduate’s college or school. The ceremony usually takes around 2 to 2 ½ hours.

Planning to Attend?

Colonial Life Area has established a clear bag policy for all events including commencement. The university registrar provides additional information on:

Can't attend?

Beginning 30 minutes before the ceremony, you can livestream it here or via Facebook


Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

When: Monday, December 16, 2019 — 9:30 a.m.
Koger Center for the Arts

Travel Tips

girl waving

Parking and Shuttles

Metered, street parking near commencement sites will be very limited. There are large parking lots and/or parking garages on campus and within walking distance of all sites. Accessible parking is available for those with a state-issued disability pass, sticker or license plate.


The university provides free shuttle service from on-campus parking garages to commencement sites.

graduation photo on the horseshoe

During Your Stay

Remember to ask about special rates for USC visitors when you call to make a hotel reservation. If you're planning to stay in town a few days, consult our calendar for events and be sure to explore Columbia's attractions and accommodations.