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:
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.
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.