graduating students


Celebrate your graduate at our upcoming commencement on Monday, December 18. Here are some details to make your time on campus enjoyable and hassle free.

Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Ceremony

When: 2:30 p.m., Monday, December 18, 2017
Where: Colonial Life Arena

The president of the University of South Carolina presides over this official ceremony, which includes Carolina’s time-honored tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name. During the ceremony, graduation candidates from all eight campuses will be personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the president and the dean of the graduate’s college or school. The ceremony usually takes around 2 to 2 ½ hours.

Beginning 30 minutes before the ceremony, find live broadcast on Facebook.

Stephen Breyer

Guest Speaker

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer will be the guest speaker. After receiving degrees from Stanford University, the University of Oxford’s Magdalen College and Harvard Law School, Breyer taught at Harvard from 1967 to 1994. He also held several other prominent positions before being nominated to the Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton in 1994. He authored the 2010 book “Making Our Democracy Work.”

Colonial Life Arena

Location and Parking

Metered, street parking near the Colonial Life Arena will be very limited. There are two large parking lots within walking distance of the Colonial Life Arena and parking is also available in the nearby Discovery Garage. Accessible parking is available in most, if not all, of these lots for those with a state-issued disability pass, sticker or license plate. 

graduation photo on the horseshoe

During Your Stay

Remember to ask about special rates for USC visitors when you call to make a hotel reservation. If you're planning to stay in town a few days, consult our calendar for events and check out our Explore Columbia page for attractions and accommodations.