Parents and Families Gateway

Office of Parent & Family Programs

Let our team partner with you to support your student's growth and success at the university. Review our 2017-18 parents calendar [pdf] (2018-19 coming soon!) or contact us directly with questions or concerns at 800-868-6752 or


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Family Weekend

Experience everything that our historic campus and welcoming community have to offer at Family Weekend, Oct. 5-7. Enjoy family-friendly tailgating, an all-SEC football matchup, a 5K and much more!


Registration will open in early summer.

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Parents Association

Sign up for the dues-free Parents Association to receive monthly e-newsletters and other important email communication from the University of South Carolina!


June E-Newsletter

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Inside Carolina

Subscribe to USC's Inside Carolina monthly e-newsletter, and read a variety of cool stories about our alumni, students and professors.


June Monthly Tips

Review tips, frequently asked questions and talking points to help your student be successful this month.

UofSC graduates celebrate May commencement

Thousands of University of South Carolina students from around the system will participate in annual spring commencement ceremonies, with USC Columbia ceremonies taking place Friday, May 11 and Saturday, May 12 in the Colonial Life Arena.

New Student Union survey

The New Student Union Steering Committee wants your ideas and dreams for planning the University’s next project.

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Stories for Parents

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The art of being

The university presented art history professor Brad Collins with its highest honor: the Michael J. Mungo Distinguished Professor of the Year award. For Collins, being honored for his teaching is the ultimate reward.

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Embracing ambition

Kate Ruscher is living her dream, working in New York City in the heart of the fashion world. On her 22nd birthday, she stood beside her Tory Burch Foundation co-workers and rang the opening bell at the New York Stock Exchange.

Thomas Makris

Nature made

It sounds like a motorist's dream come true: Microorganisms that make gasoline. If you think it sounds farfetched, talk to Tom Makris. The assistant professor of chemistry is focusing his research on natural product biosynthesis pathways, which include not only fuel-producing microbes but also the antibiotic-making capabilities of microorganisms.

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