Hello graduates, faculty, staff, family and friends!
Spring 2016 Commencement
University of South Carolina President, Dr. Harris Pastides, presides over commencement. To honor their commitment, each degree candidate is recognized by name and congratulated by Dr. Pastides and the dean of the graduate’s college or school. The University’s commencement exercises for the Spring of 2016 will be among the largest in school history.
Download Parking Map
Get parking information to go. Share, download or print the commencement parking map for those planning to attend graduation. Please note there will be some construction and change in traffic patterns in the area so download the map to be sure you’re where you need to be.
More Event Details
- Information on Commencement speakers
- Given the large number of graduates participating in commencement ceremonies, guests are strongly encouraged to arrive early.
- Groups of guests who plan on sitting together during the ceremony should also plan on arriving together since saving seats is discouraged.
- Doors open at the Colonial Life Arena two hours before each ceremony.
- You are welcome to bring one bottle of water. Additional water will be available for purchase.
Alternative viewing area
Due to the large number of graduates participating in Friday’s ceremony and the potential for an unusually large crowd, an alternative viewing area will be available if necessary. Guests who arrive late and are unable to find seats in the Colonial Life Arena will be guided to the Darla Moore School of Business one block from the Arena. The W.W. Hootie Johnson Performance Hall (Room 101) and the BlueCross Blue Shield of South Carolina Lecture Hall (Room 123) will be open for guests to view the live stream of the ceremony. Both rooms are on the first floor of the building.
Guest needing special accommodations?
Seating for family members and guests with special needs will be available in the Handicapped seating section. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating in this area. One companion may accompany those guests sitting in this special seating area. Ushers will be present to direct these guests to the nearest accessible seating. The Colonial Life Arena has advised that all bags may be searched so please allow time for this security procedure. You may wish to leave unnecessary items at home.
A sign language interpreter will be provided for the hearing-impaired. The interpreter will be positioned on the platform and they, as well as captioning, may be viewed on the large overhead video screen. There will be copies of the commencement program in Braille or large print adjacent from the book table on the Concourse level. If there are any questions or concerns, please contact the Office of Student Disability Services at 803-777-6142.
If you are looking for information about future ceremonies, you will find that information on the Upcoming Ceremonies page, linked below with the calendar button. If you are having issues with your diploma or need to order additional copies, please use this form.