Convocation Ceremony

New Student Convocation

Every August, the University of South Carolina invites the new academic class to attend New Student Convocation, a ceremony commemorating your inclusion as a new student at the university.

The Convocation Ceremony

Convocation is defined as the coming together of the members of a group — a formal assemblage. Our new student convocation marks a new beginning and a special time for our faculty and students. Convocation consists of remarks from the University President, the Student Body President, the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year; and the provost, who is the university’s chief academic officer.


students taking a selfie with the president

Student Participation

The primary participants in convocation are you and your classmates, who have come to South Carolina from all over the United States and around the world. Carolina is now your new “home." This day is all about you. Parents are not required to attend, but you may invite your family or friends or anyone with whom you want to share this experience. You will receive an invitation by mail during the latter portion of July. Once you receive the invitation, please complete the RSVP and indicate approximately how many guests will be attending with you.

faculty in academic regalia

Faculty Participation

Faculty are encouraged to RSVP and participate in new student convocation. Faculty are asked to honor this occasion by wearing their academic regalia and processing into the arena to be recognized as a group. As with commencement, faculty will gather in Locker Room No. 3 on the lower level of the arena to robe and then process in. After the ceremony, feel free to mingle with your colleagues and your new students at the reception.