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Scenes from commencement of students dressed in graduation caps and gowns.

Students wearing graduation caps and gowns laughing with each other.


Some milestones are more than cherished memories. A new chapter of tradition begins when you join our alumni family.

2023 Associate's, Bachelor’s, Master’s and Professional Ceremony

The president of the University of South Carolina presides over the official ceremonies. Not only is each candidate recognized by name during the ceremony, graduates also are personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the dean of their college or school.

Plan ahead with help from these ceremony details such as ticket reservations, patron accessibility, shuttles and more.

Monday, Dec. 18, 2023, at 2:30 p.m.

Colonial Life Arena

Doctoral Hooding

Monday, Dec. 18, 2022, at 9:30 a.m.

Koger Center for the Arts



Graduate Events

Grad Dine

Monday, Dec. 18, from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at the Pastides Alumni Center
The USC Alumni Association invites all December 2023 University of South Carolina graduates to dine in your new alumni home to celebrate your accomplishment. Registration is required and will be available mid-October.

Four students standing with Cocky smiling at the camera at an outdoor event.

Find your Way

Commencement days are busy times on the campus and in the Greater Columbia area. Plan ahead so you know how to navigate your way around on-campus parking, garages and shuttles so you don’t miss a second of your graduate’s big moment.

Commencement Map
3D rendering of the campus buildings showing the locations pinned for the commencement ceremonies, parking lots and shuttle routes.