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The May commencement exercises include the presentation of degrees outdoors on the quadrangle behind the Stockwell Administration Building. Chancellor Moore and USC President Harris Pastides will preside at the commencement exercises.
May commencement exercises will be held on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. The graduate processional begins at 5:40 p.m. The ceremonies will be a traditional USC Upstate commencement with approximately 700 degree candidates in attendance at the ceremony.
Academic ProcessionOn the day of commencement, the faculty will gather in the lobby of the Media building no later than 5:15 p.m. dressed in full academic regalia. The faculty should be ready to process at 5:40 p.m. before the start of the ceremony and will be announced to the audience prior to processing in. The faculty procession will be lead by a student marshal and will enter the quadrangle through the tent, walking up to the front left section and will enter row by row. Please do not bring any purses or valuables to the Media lobby as there will be no way to secure them.
Platform PartyThe Platform Party will assemble in the Stockwell Administration Building lobby no later than 5:15 p.m. This procession will consist of the recipients of the Excellence in Teaching & Advising Awards, the recipient of the Scholarly and Creative Pursuits award, selected University administrators, deans of the colleges and schools, members of the Spartanburg County Commission for Higher Education and the USC Board of Trustees, the honorary degree recipient(s), clergy, the speaker, Chancellor Moore and President Pastides. The Chair of the Faculty Senate will lead the platform party processional by carrying the University Mace. This group should be lined up and prepared to step off at 5:40 p.m.
Severe WeatherIn the event of severe weather the ceremony will be moved to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony time would remain the same and would begin at 6:00 p.m. (Processionals would begin at 5:40 p.m.) The decision to implement the severe weather plan will be made by 12:00 noon the day of commencement.
Involved parties will be informed of this decision by the following communication methods:
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?