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Every year the Law School holds commencement exercises to honor those who have completed their course of legal study at the University of South Carolina.  From our first two graduates in the Class of 1868, to the Class of 2020 over one hundred and fifty strong, commencement is a tradition more than a century in the making.

Class of 2021 Commencement
Friday, May 7TH, 2021 on the Historic Horseshoe

Graduates are to report no later than 7:30 a.m. to the School of Law.   Please be on time and in full regalia when you take your seat so that you can receive instructions for lining up for the procession and participation in the Commencement ceremony.

You must have provided evidence of a negative COVID test taken between April 30th and May 3rd to come into the building (the School of Law is working with Student Health Services to see if they can provide an onsite SAFE testing opportunity on May 3rd.)

Commencement begins promptly at 9:00 a.m. and will last approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Each graduate will be allowed two (2) guests to attend the ceremony on the Horseshoe.  Details regarding claiming those tickets will be forthcoming.

Commencement Speaker

To be announced!

Parking Suggestions

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, and those with handicapped authorization 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.


The closest restrooms are in the Russell House, located 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 Board of Trustees will notify local media outlets by 4 p.m. on Thursday, May 6th, if the decision is made to relocate from the Horseshoe. This decision will also be posted to the School of Law home page. The Koger Center for the Arts, located at the intersection of Assembly and Greene Streets, will serve as the Commencement rain location.

If commencement is moved to the Koger Center, law graduates should report to the large rehearsal hall on the main level (corner of Assembly and Greene Streets) promptly at 7:30 a.m. in full regalia.

Due to COVID compliance, seating is limited in the Koger Center.  However, the Law School is working with Koger Center administration to maximize seating safely.  Guest information will be forthcoming once plans have been finalized.  

Municipal parking facilities are located within walking distance of the Koger Center (hourly and daylong rates apply). Limited handicapped spaces are located near the Koger Center. A drop-off zone on the Assembly Street side of the building is helpful during inclement weather when guests can drop off and pick up passengers close to the doors. Parking is not permitted in the drop-off zone.


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