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2023 Commencement & Hooding

2023 Hooding Ceremonies

Each May, the School of Medicine Columbia hosts hooding ceremonies for eligible certificate, master's, and doctoral students.

Graduate Professional Students Hooding & Awards Ceremony
(Biomedical Sciences, Genetic Counseling, Physician Assistant, Nurse Anesthesia, and Rehabilitation Counseling)

  • Date: Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • Time: 11:00 a.m.
  • Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Graduates, arrive at check-in by 9:30 a.m.

Medical Doctorate Military Promotion, Awards, & Hooding & Ceremony
(Doctorate of Medicine)

  • Date:  Thursday, May 4, 2023
  • Time: 3:00 p.m.
  • Location: Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln Street, Columbia, SC 29201
    Graduates, arrive at check-in by 1:30 p.m.


Hooding Ceremony Invitation

View and/or download the event invitation by clicking here.


Guest Accommodations

No more than three guests per graduate are permitted to attend and be seated in their specific pods during the hooding ceremonies. However, there will be extra guest seating provided during the hooding ceremonies in a separate block at the back of the Exhibit Hall. Pod assignments will be emailed to graduates by Monday, May 1, 2023. Event guests will be admitted into the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center beginning at 10:15 a.m. and 2:15 p.m.

The Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center provides over 250 parking spaces free of charge. There are also parking garages nearby (Discovery, Park Street, and Lincoln Street) that can be utilized for a minimal fee.

Sign language interpreters will be provided during both Hooding & Awards Ceremonies.


Hooding Instructions

A member of each graduates’ pod will serve as the special hooder. For more information, review  “How to Hood Your Graduate.”

Please plan to dress professionally and comfortably under your regalia. At this time, face coverings (over the nose and mouth) are strongly encouraged for everyone. Make sure you have your cap, gown, tassel, and hood. The durations of both ceremonies will be about one and a half hours. The ceremonies will be a combination of standing and sitting, so make sure you are dressed comfortably enough for both.



2023 Commencement Ceremony

The University of South Carolina School of Medicine will be conferring degrees to Columbia and Greenville campuses on Friday, May 5, 2023. This ceremony is open to the family and friends of the Class of 2023 as well as faculty and staff. No tickets are needed, and the number of additional guests is unlimited.

  • Date: May 5, 2023
  • Time: 12:00 p.m.
  • Location: Koger Center for the Arts
    1051 Greene St, Columbia, SC 29201


Commencement Parking

Street, garage, and lot parking are available across the University of South Carolina campus on commencement days. Shuttle services will run from parking lots to the commencement exercises. The nearest parking facility to the Koger Center is the Discovery Parking Garage located at 821 Park Street. As there are multiple commencement ceremonies in that area, students and guests may have to find alternate parking in other garages and lots on campus. For additional parking, please refer to the parking map for the Columbia campus.



Students must arrive by 10:45 a.m. for robing in the large rehearsal room.  Please be sure to bring all academic regalia with you to the ceremony.  

Faculty should plan to arrive by 11:15 a.m. for robing. All faculty looking to participate in the ceremony must be dressed in full academic regalia.  

Guests should plan to arrive at 11:30 a.m. when the house opens.  The ceremony will begin promptly at noon in order to ensure all campus ceremonies remain on schedule.

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