graduating students


Some milestones are more than memories. A new chapter of tradition begins when you become an alumni of the University of South Carolina.

Virtual Spring & Summer 2020 Commencement

When: Saturday, Aug. 8. 2020 at Noon

The University of South Carolina will host a virtual ceremony for the spring and summer graduation candidates on Saturday, Aug. 8. 2020. The ceremony will be available at after noon on Aug. 8 and remain available to rewatch at your convenience.

Spring 2020 graduates and eligible Summer 2020 graduates were invited to participate in the virtual ceremony. School of Law and Doctoral graduates and candidates from the Columbia campus will also be included in the presentation of names. Participants are invited to return for a future in-person ceremony. No decisions have been made for Fall 2020 graduation events.

The announcement and display of candidate’s names are ordered by college, then last name. To find your name, locate where your college starts and move through the names alphabetically. 


Historic 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 the official ceremonies, which include South Carolina’s time-honored tradition of recognizing each degree candidate by name.

Separate commencement exercises are held for Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional candidates, Doctoral candidates, and candidates from the School of Law and School of MedicineDuring the ceremonies, candidates are personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the dean of the graduate’s college or school.


commencement ceremony

Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional

Your undergraduate graduation is a special day you can share with family. For easier travel and parking during commencement, the university provides a free shuttle service from on-campus garages to commencement sites.

hooding ceremony

Doctoral, Law and Medicine

The Graduate School, School of Medicine and School of Law hold commencement ceremonies. Unique ceremonies for each school are held at locations including the Colonial Life Arena, Koger Center for the Arts, and the historic Horseshoe. These candidates can access ceremony specifics from their respective schools.