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.

May 2020 Commencement

In light of university closures related to COVID-19, all traditional May commencement ceremonies for 2020 are postponed. We are committed to and are actively exploring options for rescheduled, in-person ceremonies when it is safe to host them and will be planning experiences for graduates to celebrate their achievements. This change will not impact the degree completion status of those students who were scheduled to graduate in May.

If you are a member of class of 2020, share your favorite memories with us so that we can help celebrate your successes.


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.