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
Please be sure to arrive as early as possible. You can’t save seats, so be sure to arrive early 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.
Guest needing special accommodations?
Family members or guests who have special needs, including mobility impairments due to health conditions or unable to walk moderate distances may be dropped off at the front entrance, near the fountain on the corner of Greene and Lincoln Streets, of the Colonial Life Arena. The driver of the vehicle will be directed to the adjacent parking lots. 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. 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.
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.