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Graduation & Hooding

Each May, the Arnold School of Public Health hosts a Hooding Ceremony for master's and doctoral students eligible to graduate in May, August and December. Students eligible to participate are asked to complete a brief form with information for the program. Details will be emailed to students and posted below in early Spring.

The Hooding Ceremony is held at the Koger Center and is usually held the day before University Spring commencement exercises. Tickets are not required, but seating is on a first come basis.

Each year a guest of honor is invited to give a brief message to the graduates. Candidates are then presented for the hooding ceremony. The Dean and department chairs present hoods to doctoral candidates; department chairs present hoods to master's candidates. This is followed by the presentation of the annual student and faculty awards. Immediately after the ceremony, graduating students, their families and guests are invited to join the Arnold School deans, faculty and staff for a reception in the lobby of the Koger Center.


2020 Hooding Ceremony has been CANCELLED

The in-person Arnold School of Public Health ceremony has been cancelled.  If interested, student may participate in University commencement ceremonies rescheduled for August 8, 2020.  Masters students should contact the Registrar’s Office with questions.

Doctoral students should contact the Graduate School at with questions about Doctoral Hooding.

For general USC Graduation information go to:

Each candidate for graduation must file an application for graduation.
These applications are due early in the term in which graduation is expected. All students will be required to submit their application for graduation online through Self Service Carolina (SSC).  The “Apply to Graduate” box is located under the “Student” tab in SSC. Students will be asked to verify their name, address, and academic program information during the application process.  Note: Students are typically required to register during the term of graduation.

The Graduation application deadline is:

  • Spring 2020 (May 2020) - February 17, 2020
  • Summer 2020 (August 2020) - July 20, 2020
  • Fall 2020 (December 2020) - October 2020

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at 803-777-5031 or

The Graduate School requires that students complete a Program of Study in addition to the other steps that must be taken as part of their degree program. It is the student's responsibility to see that all requirements are met. All necessary forms may be accessed at the Graduate School forms library,


Fall 2020:

Commencement Exercises (Arnold School of Public Health
Undergraduate and Masters degree students)
Monday, December 14, 2020 2:30 PM Colonial Life Arena
USC Doctoral Hooding (eligible participants only) Monday, December 14, 2020 9:30 AM Koger Center for Arts

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