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The University of South Carolina Joseph F. Rice School of Law looks forward to honoring the Class of 2024 with commencement exercises on the University's Historic Horseshoe on Friday, May 3, 2024 at 9 a.m. Please find below details for the ceremony, as well as pre-commencement festivities. 

Awards Ceremony

Thursday, May 2 at 5 p.m. 
Karen Williams Courtroom, Joseph F. Rice School of Law

  • Students will be invited to attend this event via email communication from the Office of Academic Administration. 
  • Guests are welcome to attend. 

Graduating Student Recognition Reception

Thursday, May 2 from 6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Courtyard/Perrin Family Event Space, Joseph F. Rice School of Law

  • The USC Joseph F. Rice School of Law is hosting the Student Recognition Reception honoring the Class of 2024.
  • Graduates and TWO guests are FREE (additional guests are $25/person)
  • Children 12 and under are FREE 
  • Reserve tickets (both paid and unpaid) by Monday, April 29 at 12 p.m. (noon) 


Friday, May 3 at 9 a.m. 
USC's Historic Horseshoe

  • 7:30 a.m. (sharp) Graduates report to the Joseph F. Rice School of Law.
  • 9 a.m. Commencement begins and will last approximately 1 hour and 30 minutes. 
  • Guests: There is no limit on the number of guests attending commencement on the Historic Horseshoe.
  • Parking: The Pendleton Street Garage (entrance is on Bull Street) will be available for guests attending Commencement exercises. Guests may park at the metered spaces in the garage at no charge. Please do not park in reserved or handicapped spaces unless you have a permit to do so. Metered City of Columbia parking is available on the streets surrounding the Horseshoe, but meter fees will apply. Those with handicapped license plates/placards may park at City of Columbia meters at no charge. Limited handicapped parking spaces are located behind many university buildings. The School of Law and the University of South Carolina are not liable for any parking fees or citations. 
  • Restrooms: The closest restrooms to the ceremony are in the Russell House, on Greene Street, parallel to the Horseshoe. Law School staff will be on hand to direct guests in need of assistance to an accessible restroom close to the seating area. 
  • Inclement Weather: In the event of inclement weather, the USC Board of Trustees, in conjunction with the Dean of the Joseph F. Rice School of Law, will notify local media outlets by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 2, 2024. The Office of Student Affairs will also email all students. If the decision is made to relocate from the Horseshoe, the inclement weather location is the Koger Center for the Arts. Each graduate is allowed up to ten tickets and must reserve their guests' tickets. 
    • The Koger Center for the Arts is at the intersection of Assembly and Greene Streets.  There are two large parking lots near the Koger Center (FS4-CLA - General Parking & AD16-Gadsden/Devine - General Parking). Hourly parking is available in the Horizon Garage and the Discovery Garage and along the street near the Koger Center. On-street parking is also available near the Koger Center, but space is limited, and meter fees still apply. This map may be of assistance to you.

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