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Graduation Application

The graduation application is the first step you'll need to take in order to graduate from your academic program. Review the application and award processes below to better understand what happens once you submit your application.

Application Process

Apply Early

Complete the online graduation application in Self Service Carolina. The Apply to Graduate link is located under the Student tab in the bottom right corner of the page.

During the application process, you will be asked to verify your program, name, and diploma mailing address. Students expecting to graduate should apply early, based upon your campus or academic unit deadlines.  


Award Process

Award Timeframe

Your academic unit has 30 days to complete the task of ensuring all degree requirements have been met.

Honors and Distinctions

Each year, undergraduate students earn notable academic honors. Those excelling for the duration of their studies may receive designations on their transcript.


The official University of South Carolina diploma details a graduate’s name, college, degree, and honors along with the graduation date. Imprinted with the official seal of the university, your diploma will be signed by the university president, awarding school’s dean, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the secretary of the university.

Mailing Address

Your diploma will be mailed to the address identified on your graduation application.  Diplomas are typically mailed with three months after you graduate. You can verify your diploma address by viewing your submitted graduation application in Self Service Carolina.

Check for Account Holds

Don't let a parking ticket stop you from receiving your diploma.  Make sure any holds against your university account are removed at least two weeks prior to graduation. To find out if your account has any outstanding holds, view hold information in Self Service Carolina.

Replacement Diplomas

Diplomas are mailed to graduates within 90 days after graduation. If it has not been at least 90 days since you graduated, please wait to request a replacement diploma. If it has been more than 90 days since you graduated, you will need to complete the Request for Replacement Diploma form and either mail it to our office or deliver it in person. A replacement fee of $25.00 is required and may be paid by check or money order.

Returned Diplomas

If your diploma is returned to our office after we attempt to mail it to you, we will hold it for one year from your graduation date. During that time period, we will gladly resend it to you at your new address once you contact our office. After one year, you will need to order a replacement diploma and pay the $25.00 replacement fee.


The awarding of your degree may take up to 30 days. Degree candidates who are awarded a degree or certificate can view this in Self Service Carolina on their unofficial transcript.   Official transcripts requested after the posting of the degree will show the degree as well.