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Graduation Information

Spring 2020 Commencement at USC Lancaster has been postponed until further notice. Future updates will be provided as they are made available.



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 2019, Fall 2019, or Spring 2020), 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 Form

  • Associate Degree candidates must order their academic regalia from the USC Lancaster Bookstore.  Please complete this  order form for your cap and gown.

BSN and Palmetto College Cap and Gown Order Form

  • 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 2020 USC Lancaster Commencement exercises is required. Please confirm your attendance.

We will rehearse one (1) time prior to Commencement, Thursday, April 30, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. in the Charles Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.  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 in the Charles Bundy Auditorium, Bradley Arts and Sciences Building, 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.  There will be classrooms available for those guests without tickets to watch Commencement through a live video feed.

Children under the age of 5 will not be admitted into the auditorium for the graduation ceremony.  A room will be available where children and an adult family member can remain during the ceremony.  Children will not be allowed to stay in the room unless accompanied by an adult family member.  They are, however, welcome (accompanied by an adult) to attend the reception immediately following the ceremony.

The President of the University of South Carolina, Robert Caslen Jr., 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, a reception in your honor will be held in the John R. "Pete" Arnold Special Events Room of the James Bradley Arts and Sciences Building.  We are all looking forward to seeing you, your families, and guests at that time.  Please plan to join us.

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, dark dress, or dark skirt and an appropriate blouse underneath their academic gown. 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 Disability Services at (803) 313-7448.  Advance notice is required by April 10, 2020 for any arrangements or service requested.

Columbia Commencement

  • USC Columbia’s Commencement exercises for the College of Nursing will take place on Friday, May 8, 2020 at 3:00 p.m. and Palmetto College commencement exercises will take place on Saturday, May 9, 2020 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.