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All degree requirements are expected to be completed within a four-year or less period after admission to MSN degree standing and within a three-year or less period after admission for the CGS.  Candidates who are unable to meet this requirement must petition for an extension to the ADGS. Any additional requirements in effect at the time of re-evaluation must be completed.

All failing (“F”) and Incomplete grades must be cleared or completed by graduation day or the student’s name will be removed from the graduation list. A cumulative GPA of 3.0 is required. All University balances must be paid in full.  At the time of graduation, the student’s cumulative grade point average (GPA) must be at least 3.00. Additionally, the student’s average on all grades recorded on the program of study for courses numbered 700 or above must be at least 3.00 and all courses listed on the program of study must be at least 3.00.


The graduation application is the first step you will need to take in order to graduate from your academic program. Review the application and award processes on the  Registrar's website to better understand what happens once you submit your application.


Commencement exercises are held for degree candidates in both Fall and Spring each year. The President of the University of South Carolina presides over commencement. To honor their commitment, each degree candidate is recognized by name and congratulated by the dean of the graduate’s college or school.  Visit the Registrar's website for additional information regarding commencement.

In addition, the College of Nursing celebrates the accomplishments of the graduating class with a special Convocation ceremony in both fall and Spring each year. 


Students with outstanding University balances, incompletes, “NR” or uncleared “F” grades at the time of graduation will not be able to obtain their diplomas nor will they be able to obtain any official transcripts or other University information until the balances are paid in full.

Have a question about your degree or diploma? Review frequently asked questions to find answers  at

Graduation Awards

Students are encouraged to nominate themselves or others for the College of Nursing Student Awards.  More information about the nomination process will be disseminated to students during the academic year.


Upon graduation, students of the College become alumni of the University of South Carolina.  The College's alumni family is a major support system for the College and alumni donors help to support several scholarships annually.  Alumni are electronically sent copies of USC College of Nursing Gamecock CONnection and invited to attend annual alumni events and celebrations.  All graduates are encouraged to notify th alumni office or the My Carolina Alumni Association of addrss changes.  Contact us at 

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