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Frequently Asked Questions - December

This is meant as a brief overview and not a complete explanation. For more detailed information go to: www.uscupstate.edu/graduation

Which day is my commencement exercise?
December Commencement 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Graduate Processional at 6:40 p.m.
Commencement at 7:00 p.m. 

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Do we need tickets?
Tickets are required. Each student will receive 6 tickets. All guests MUST have a ticket.  Lost tickets will not be replaced.

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What time should I arrive?
All degree candidates need to report dressed in his/her academic regalia to the arena level (lower level) of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium no later than 6:00 p.m.  

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How long is the ceremony?
The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

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What should we do about parking?
The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers ample free parking in the lots behind the Auditorium. There is also a large, free parking lot across the street from the Auditorium just off North Church Street. Handicapped parking spaces are available beside the ticket box office and near the lower level arena entrance. Please remember, parking is prohibited in fire lanes and/or on sidewalks.

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Do you have handicapped seating?
Yes. Seating for family members and guests with special needs will be available in the handicapped seating sections. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating for this area. One companion may accompany the guests sitting in this area. Event marshals will be present to direct your guests to the nearest accessible seating. 

PLEASE NOTE that there are 17 first come, first served wheelchair spaces available in the Auditorium. It is also 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 space, please be sure to have them arrive early as these spaces fill up quickly.

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Will they read my name?
Yes. Degree candidates will receive a name card upon check-in. As the candidates approach the platform, they will hand the name card to a marshal. As the candidate crosses the stage his/her name will be read along with the degree and any applicable academic honors. Each candidate will be greeted by Chancellor Moore and his/her Dean.

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Will I receive my diploma?
You will NOT receive your diploma during the commencement exercises. Your diploma will be sent to you approximately two months after the ceremony, once the completion of all degree requirements is verified. Please note you diploma and transcript will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina Upstate are not satisfied.

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How do I get my transcript?
The transcript request form is available online. Please complete the form in its entirety including your signature before mailing to the appropriate address. There is an $8.00 fee for each transcript. Please be sure to request that your transcript be held until your degree is posted.

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Should I arrive in regalia?
Yes. Degree candidates should arrive dressed in their academic regalia. Regalia consists of a mortarboard cap, academic gown, tassel and honor cords (if applicable). Graduate degree candidates will also wear an academic hood. Caps should be worn so they sit level rather than on the back or side of the head.

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Where do I get my cap/gown?
Academic regalia may be purchased at the University Bookstore. You can stop by, call or access the bookstore’s website for more information.

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What should I wear underneath my regalia?
Men, it is recommended that you wear a white dress shirt and tie, dark pants and dark shoes.  Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are NOT appropriate.

Women, it is recommended that you wear a skirt or a dress and dress shoes. Please make sure your dress is not longer than your graduation gown.  When selecting your heel height, please consider that you will be walking up and down stairs and across the stage.  Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are NOT appropriate.

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Will I need to worry about photography?
No. Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as he or she is greeted by Chancellor Moore. Complimentary photograph proofs will be sent to the permanent address of each degree candidate approximately 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. 

A professional photographer will also be available to take still cap and gown photos of degree candidates. The photographer will be available in the lobby of the Auditorium’s arena level from 4:00-5:30 on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or at www.gradimages.com.

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