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Spring 2020 Virtual Graduation Ceremony

Due to ongoing concerns around the COVID-19 pandemic, USC Upstate will honor its Spring 2020 graduates through a virtual commencement ceremony tentatively scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 1. University of South Carolina President Bob Caslen will confer all degrees awarded to USC Upstate students. The conferral date for these diplomas will show May 5, 2020.

After your degree is posted to your record, the University Registrar’s Office in Columbia will email you at your USC Upstate email address asking you to verify your mailing address. When you reply either the address is correct or provide them with a different one, they will then send your name and address to the printer for your diploma to be printed and mailed to you at the correct address.

More details about the ceremony will be posted soon.


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GENERAL GUIDELINES

May commencement is a time to celebrate your educational efforts; however, in keeping with the idea that this should be a dignified ceremony, we will conduct a formal graduation. Please adhere to the following guidelines.

  • a white dress shirt and ties, dark pants and dark shoes or
  • dress, skirt, or slacks and dress shoes. Dresses and skirts should be shorter than graduation gowns.
  • Tennis shoes and/or flip flops are not appropriate. Please choose footwear and heel heights appropriate for walking across the grass.
  • Caps should be worn so they sit level rather than on the back or to the side of the head.
  • In respect for each graduate and their families, we ask spectators and degree candidates remain seated.
  • Degree candidates and their guests should not participate in disruptive behavior until the last graduate walks across the stage. Noisemakers, beach balls, balloons and other items that could disrupt the ceremony will not be tolerated.

STUDENTS

We expect the convocation to last about 90 minutes.

  • There are no rehearsals prior to graduation.
  • Students should report dressed in academic regalia to the Hodge Arena on the USC Upstate Campus no later than 4:30 p.m. for the 6:00 p.m. ceremony.
  • If a degree candidate anticipates his/her name may be mispronounced, he/she may write the name phonetically on the top of the name card.
  • Students arriving late may risk not marching in the procession and will be placed at the end of the line, out of their degree order.

PHOTOGRAPHY

Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as he or she is greeted by the Chancellor. Complimentary photograph proofs will be sent to the permanent address of each degree candidate about 30 days after the ceremony. Additional photographs may be purchased upon receipt of the proof, but there is absolutely no obligation to purchase any photographs.

There will also be a professional photographer available to take still cap and gown photographs of the degree candidates on this special day. This photographer will be located in the Hodge Arena lobby. For more information, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or at www.gradimages.com.

THE SENIOR LEGACY FUND

The Senior Legacy Fund was established as a way for graduates to leave their mark on campus for generations of Spartans to come. By contributing to the Senior Legacy Fund in the amount of your graduation year ($20.20), you can enhance the USC Upstate experience and help provide much-needed support for campus projects. As a symbol of your commitment to those who come after, the USC Upstate Alumni Association will provide an alumni medallion for all those who help their fellow Spartans move Up. together, which will be mailed to the address provided when you make your online gift. 

Learn more about the Senior Legacy Fund and the alumni medallion.