Things to do before graduation



So, you’ve applied to graduate. What’s next? With graduation around the corner, you have just a few weeks to get things in order before walking across the stage in May. 

  • Complete your senior check with your academic adviser to be sure you have all the classes you need to qualify for graduation
  • Tell your people! Invite your friends and family to come support you on as you walk across the stage
  • Order your cap and gown. Order at least two weeks ahead of time to make sure it gets here on time
  • Check your UofSC email for messages from the Office of the Registrar regarding your status and informing you of your seat number

For seniors, it’s also time to make a few more memories before you leave UofSC. Here are some ideas:  

  • Take graduation pictures on the Horseshoe
  • Plan a potluck dinner with a group of friends
  • Decorate your mortar board (cap) 
  • Enjoy Columbia cuisine one more time. Get chicken salad from the Gourmet Shop, a late-night sub at Beezer’s, coffee from Cool Beans, ice cream from Sweet Cream or a snowball from Pelican’s
  • Go to the Farmers Market one last time
  • Catch a movie at the Nickelodeon theater
  • Make sure you’ve completed everything on your UofSC Bucket List

There will be three separate graduation ceremonies at Colonial Life Arena:

  • 3 p.m., Friday, May 6 – Pharmacy, Business, Information & Communications, Nursing and Public Health
  • 9:30 a.m., Saturday, May 7 – College of Arts and Sciences
  • 3 p.m., Saturday, May 7 – Education & Interdisciplinary Studies, Engineering, Social Work, Hospitality, Retail & Sport Management, Music and Palmetto College

To prepare:

  • Make reservations for lunch or dinner after your commencement ceremony
  • Make sure you get there a little early to find a parking space. 

For more information, visit the commencement website or contact the Registrar at 803-777-5555.


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