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:
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.
Where: Koger Center for the Arts
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.
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.