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 Winter 2020 Commencement

When: Sunday, December 13 at 3 p.m.

The University of South Carolina will host a virtual ceremony for the winter graduation candidates on Sunday, Dec. 13, 2020.

The decision not to host a large indoor event in December is based on advice from public health experts. As you know, large inside group events and extended family travel create a greater risk for community spread. In addition, the strong potential for a resurgence of the COVID-19 virus in late fall/early winter is one reason the university altered this semester's academic calendar to end in-person classes by Thanksgiving.

More details will be provided to you as they become available, including additional information on special photo opportunities prior to the end of the semester to celebrate your achievement.


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.