The back of a student in a graduation cap and gown in front of the sign that says South Carolina at Williams Brice Stadium.


Some milestones are more than memories. A new chapter of tradition begins when you become an alumni of the University of South Carolina.

2021 Commencement Ceremonies

Planning is underway for spring commencement exercises, including a recognition ceremony for 2020 virtual graduates. UofSC will continue to employ appropriate COVID-19 mitigation strategies, and university officials will continue to coordinate with public agencies and closely monitor the spread of the virus and variant strains. Please stay up to date with current COVID-19 conditions, which affect our ability to host in-person events.

All ceremonies will be in-person except for the School of Medicine, which will be virtual. In addition, all ceremonies will be livestreamed online. Ticket availability and seating will vary by ceremony. Visit the Registrar for ceremony-specific details

Baccalaureate, Master's and Professional

Friday, May, 7, 2021, at 6 p.m.

Williams-Brice Stadium  (rain or shine)

  • Darla Moore School of Business
  • Arnold School of Public Health
  • School of Music

Watch the Friday Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 9:30 a.m.

Williams-Brice Stadium  (rain or shine)

  • South Carolina Honors College (BARSC students only)
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Information and Communications

Watch the Saturday Morning Commencement Ceremony

Saturday, May 8, 2021, at 6 p.m

Williams-Brice Stadium (rain or shine)

  • College of Education
  • College of Pharmacy
  • College of Engineering and Computing
  • College of Social Work
  • College of Nursing
  • College of Hospitality, Retail and Sport Management
  • Palmetto College

Watch the Saturday Evening Commencement Ceremony



Saturday, May 8, 2021, Koger Center at 2:30 p.m.
Watch the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony 

School of Law

Friday, May 7, 2021, Horseshoe at 9 a.m.
Watch the School of Law Ceremony

School of Medicine 

Thursday, May 6, 2021, Virtual at noon
Watch the School of Medicine Ceremony


In-Person Recognition Ceremony for 2020 Graduates

All 2020 graduates are invited to participate in an in-person program to commemorate your graduation. While degrees were already conferred at virtual ceremonies, you and select guests are invited to celebrate your accomplishment alongside your classmates. 

Saturday, May 15, 2021 at Williams-Brice Stadium at 9:30 a.m.


Commencement Traditions

The president of the University of South Carolina presides over the official ceremonies, which include South Carolina’s time-honored tradition of recognizing each degree candidate by name. Separate commencement exercises are held for Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional candidates, Doctoral candidates, and candidates from the School of Law and School of MedicineDuring the ceremonies, candidates are personally congratulated for their accomplishment by the dean of the graduate’s college or school.


commencement ceremony

Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional

Your undergraduate graduation is a special day you can share with family. For easier travel and parking during commencement, the university provides a free shuttle service from on-campus garages to commencement sites.

hooding ceremony

Doctoral, Law and Medicine

The Graduate School, School of Medicine and School of Law hold commencement ceremonies. Unique ceremonies for each school are held at locations including the Colonial Life Arena, Koger Center for the Arts, and the historic Horseshoe. These candidates can access ceremony specifics from their respective schools.