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Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be held at 2:30 pm April 30th Located at USC Lancaster’s Rose Garden 



The online graduation application in Self Service Carolina is the first step you will need to take in order to graduate from your academic program. Review the application and award processes to better understand what happens once you submit your application.


As a recent graduate ((Summer 2021, Fall 2021, or Spring 2022), you have the option to participate in USC Lancaster’s Commencement exercises. We are very proud of your accomplishments and we welcome and encourage your participation in Commencement at USC Lancaster, which will be held until further notice.

Associate Degree Cap and Gown Order

  • Associate Degree candidates must order their academic regalia from the USC Lancaster Bookstore.  Please visit our website to purchase your cap and gown.
  • Cap and Gowns  need to be ordered by March 18th .

BSN and Palmetto College Cap and Gown Order 

  • The customary academic regalia worn by USC baccalaureate degree candidates bears the seal of the University of South Carolina. The University seal is embroidered in garnet and appears on the front of the academic gown. You may order your academic regalia.  You may order personalized invitation cards from the Balfour Company.

 A response concerning your attendance at the 2022 USC Lancaster Commencement exercises is required. Deadline to RSVP is April 1st. Please confirm your attendance

We will rehearse one (1) time prior to Commencement, Thursday, April 28, 2022 at 6:00 p.m. in the USCL Rose Garden.  Please put this date on your calendar and plan to be present. It is EXTREMELY IMPORTANT that you attend this rehearsal.

Due to limited seating, each student will be issued a limited number of tickets for guests during rehearsal. Please remind your guests to bring their tickets to graduation.  We will not be able to accommodate guests without tickets.   We will provided a  virtual link to view the Commencement Ceremony to anyone who is unable to attend. 

Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted into the auditorium for the graduation ceremony.  

The Interim President of the University of South Carolina, Dr. Harris Pastides, will confer our degrees. He will be accompanied by other dignitaries and several members of the University Board of Trustees.  We are most grateful to them for joining us and participating in our Commencement exercises.

Following Commencement, graduates and guest are welcome to stop by our celebration table and grab an individually wrapped treat for the road. 

For males, it is recommended that degree candidates wear dark trousers, an appropriate shirt underneath their academic gown, and dark dress shoes. Jackets should not be worn beneath an academic gown. Female degree candidates should wear dark slacks, a dark dress, or a dark skirt and an appropriate blouse underneath their academic gown. If the dress or skirt is shorter than the length of the gown, it can be any color. For safety and comfort, women are encouraged to wear dark low-heeled dress shoes.

If special arrangements or disability related services are required, please contact the Office of Academic and Student Affairs  at (803) 313-7007.  Advance notice is required by April 4, 2022 for any arrangements or service requested.

Columbia Commencement

  • USC Columbia’s Commencement exercises for the College of Nursing will take place on Friday, May 6, 2022 at 3:00 p.m. and Palmetto College commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, May 7, 2022 at 3:00 p.m.  in the Colonial Life Arena. Please contact the University of South Carolina Office of the Registrar if you wish to participate in Columbia’s Commencement, (803) 777-5555.  You can check your status for Commencement on after you contact the Office of the Registrar.  Information concerning participation in USC Columbia’s Commencement exercises.