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University Signature Events

The University of South Carolina is a place of near-constant activity. Beginning with your move-in week and culminating with commencement, the university hosts a broad spectrum of experiences that inform, educate and entertain the members of the Carolina community.

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UofSC Welcome

Before you hit the books, we want you to become familiar with the campus resources available to you and all of the ways that you can get involved. UofSC Welcome activities introduce you to the people, organizations and services that will make your college experience more engaging and purposeful. 


New Student Convocation

Join President Robert L. Caslen Jr. and university officials in a celebration commemorating your transition into the new academic class and into the Carolina family.

State of the University

State of the University

The annual State of the University address sets the stage for the coming academic year as President Robert L. Caslen shares the university's vision for today and the years ahead.

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Family Weekend

Immerse yourself in the Carolina Community during our annual Family Weekend. Enjoy a weekend-long program of networking, learning opportunities and connecting with fellow  students and families in your home away from home.

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Homecoming is a special time that unifies alumni and students. There are many ways to get involved during this fun week of events, competitions, special exhibits, reunions and much more. 


TEDxUofSC is going virtual in 2020! South Carolina hosts its first virtual TEDxUofSC for the greater Columbia and university communities on Oct. 21. Broadcast from the Columbia campus, the popular event is free and open to anyone in the world.


MLK Celebration 

For more than 30 years, we have honored the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The university celebrates his achievements and community focus with a wide-ranging week of activities, including a commemorative breakfast, a day of service, a food drive and presentation of the university’s Social Justice Awards.

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Awards Day

Each spring the university recognizes accomplishments in service, scholarship, leadership and character within our student community. Awards Day honors recipients of university, college and departmental awards for the academic year.

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Commencement exercises are held in May and December each year. President Robert L. Caslen Jr. presides over the official ceremonies, which include Carolina’s tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name.

Upcoming Events


Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Zoom into Carolina Voice

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Best of Carolina 2021 Voting Info

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Location: RHUU Davis Circle Space 02

All Recovery

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

STAGE MONEY & THE FUTURE OF THEATER: a virtual discussion with national and local theater professionals

Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

SMART Recovery Family and Friends

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

Physics & Astronomy Colloquium: "Schrödinger's Alarming Phenomenon"

Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020

Location: See event description for more details.

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