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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 the university president and officials in a celebration commemorating your transition into the new academic class and into the Carolina family.

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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.


Held every other year, TEDxUofSC shares inspiring talks by innovative thinkers and leaders from the Carolina community. Held on the Columbia campus, the popular event is open to the public as well as the university community.


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. Presided over by the university president, the ceremonies include South Carolina’s tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name.

Upcoming Events

Guided Meditation

Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021

Location: See event description for more details.

Fish Deboning Demo with Nic Nichols

Thursday, Sep. 23, 2021

Location: See event description for more details.

Palmetto LEADER Trip to Orangeburg, SC

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

Location: School of Law

Information Saves Lives - An international forum on Media Freedom, Disinformation, and Hunger

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

Location: See event description for more details.

College of Arts and Sciences Drop-In

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

Location: See event description for more details.

Family Weekend: Behind-the-Scenes Tour

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

Location: McKissick Museum

Tours @TCoop

Friday, Sep. 24, 2021

Location: Thomas Cooper Library Scholars Corner

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