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The information contained in this guide is important for your participation in Convocation; it should not be construed as evidence that degree requirements have been met. Please read this information thoroughly and share relevant information with your guests.
In order for a degree to be granted, students must complete the following:
Students will each receive seven tickets. Guests must have a ticket to enter the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. All tickets will be General Admission seating. Lost tickets cannot be replaced. All persons attending MUST have a ticket. Tickets will first be available at Grad Fair, which will take place in the Bookstore on Monday, October 26 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. and at the University Center Greenville on October 28 from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Degree candidates are urged to check their Application for Degree or Certificate information available on SSC.
Using any web browser on a computer with access to the Internet, degree candidates may access
SSC to view their Application for Degree or Certificate information. Visually-impaired degree candidates may have someone assist them with accessing SSC or contact Disability Services at 864-503-5199.
Convocation will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m. at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. We expect the convocation to last approximately one hour. USC Upstate Interim Chancellor Fitzpatrick will preside at convocation.
During the exercises, degree candidates will be asked to stand by row and approach the platform. Marshals will assist the degree candidates during this portion of the event.
Students will hand their name card to the marshal at the platform who will in turn hand the card to the announcer. As the name is read, the candidate will walk across the platform and be greeted by Interim Chancellor Fitzpatrick and then by the dean of his/her school/college. All degree candidates will return to their seats and are expected to remain seated until the ceremony is concluded.
December Graduation 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.
The University of South Carolina Upstate wants to ensure that all degree candidates may participate in the December Convocation. Degree candidates who have special needs, including mobility impairments due to health conditions, or who are unable to walk moderate distances, are encouraged to contact the Office of Disability Services at 864-503-5199 no later than December 2 for convocation.
It is important to note that the balcony of the Auditorium can only be accessed by stairs. If you have family members requiring the use of a wheelchair, please have them arrive early as the floor of the Auditorium is the only option available for wheelchair seating and these spaces fill up quickly.
The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is located at 385 North Church Street next to Wofford College. Please see
directions to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium for detailed directions.
Honors will be based on the final cumulative grade point average on all collegiate work. The following designations indicate a consistently high level of academic achievement through the student's entire academic career.
Diplomas of those students who achieve honors will be sent to the printer to have the award posted and mailed to the graduate as soon as they are available. Students who have questions about honors must address these concerns with the Records Office prior to the day of the ceremony. Please refer to the USC Upstate catalog for additional information or call the Records Office at 864-503-5220
Degree candidates are permitted to wear honor cords, stoles, and/or medallions representative of various honor or service societies authorized by the USC Upstate. Degree candidates who are eligible to wear honor cords will be contacted by his/her school/college prior to the day of the ceremony.
Diplomas will not be distributed during the commencement exercises.
According to University policy, diplomas will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina Upstate are not properly satisfied. If you think you may have an unsatisfied debt, contact Financial Services Office at 864-503-5326.
To obtain an official transcript of your University of South Carolina Upstate academic record, you may send a written request to the
Office of the University Registrar, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208-0001 or fax 803-777-6349. You may also download the Transcript Request form online. Please include your name, student ID number and last term of attendance. There is a $12 charge for each copy. Please also be sure to request that we mail your transcript after your degree is posted.
Convocation announcement cards and personalized invitation cards may be purchased in the University’s Bookstore. Your announcements and/or invitations should be mailed early so your guests will receive them two weeks before your ceremony. For information on how to purchase announcements/invitations cards, you may visit the University Bookstore. Contact them at 864-503-5167 or
visit their website.
Caps, gowns, tassels and academic hoods may be purchased in the University’s Bookstore. For information on how to purchase caps, gowns, and tassels, you may visit the University Bookstore. Contact them at 864-503-5167 or
visit their website.
There will also be a professional photographer available to take still cap and gown photographs of the degree candidates on this special day. No prior arrangements are necessary for this service. The photographer will be located in the lobby of the Auditorium’s Arena for December Convocation from 1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact the Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or visit their website at
Professional, multi-camera commemorative videos that will include the individual recognition of each degree candidate, will be available for purchase through the Office of Media Services. For more information, or to order, you may wish to contact Teresa Truesdale at 864-503-5564, or by email at
The University of South Carolina Upstate Alumni Association is a service organization established by the University to promote the interests of the institution and to develop and maintain a close bond between the University and its alumni. As you pursue life and career opportunities, USC Upstate encourages you to be an active member in the USC Upstate Alumni Association.
Your membership is FREE and offers many campus privileges. As an alumnus, you will have access to career services, alumni directory, the library and a one year membership to the wellness center. You will also receive our Upstate Magazine and invitations to special alumni activities and events.
At USC Upstate, we make a special effort to reach out to our graduates wherever they are. To be proactive with your future, stay connected with us by updating your contact information at
If you have any questions regarding the commencement exercises or the convocation, you may wish to telephone the University Registrar's Office at 864-503-5220, visit the Office of the
University Registrar's web site, or read the graduation
Frequently Asked Questions.
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?