March Monthly Tips

Carolina Alert. All students should sign up for Carolina Alert to receive emergency communication by text message and email. To sign up, students will need to visit and log in. If parents/family members would like to receive the alerts, additional spaces are available on the student's account to add a parent/family member's email address and/or cell phone number. More information about signing up can be found on the Carolina Alert website.

Commencement. Students approved to graduate this spring can begin requesting guest tickets for their ceremony March 16 through the student ticketing account manager platform. Families are encouraged to review the Commencement website to learn about parking, shuttles and photography for the ceremonies.

Download the Mobile App. Keep the Office of Parent & Family Programs within your reach 24/7. Download the Parent & Family Programs mobile app to stay updated on important university dates, events happening on campus and conversation topics to discuss with your student.

Family Weekend 2020. Mark your calendars for Family Weekend 2020, to be held Sept. 11-13! More information about the schedule and registration will be made available in the coming months. Please continue to visit the Family Weekend website for updates throughout the late spring and summer!

Parents Association. Join the dues-free Parents Association! You’ll receive monthly e-newsletters from the Office of Parent & Family Programs to keep you updated. It’s the best way for parents and families to stay connected to Carolina! Also, be sure to review the Family Calendar & Handbook [pdf] for helpful information about campus life.

Spring Break. Spring break is right around the corner, March 8-15. Have a conversation with your student about their plans for the break by encouraging them to make safe and responsible choices. As a reminder, residence halls will close on March 8 at 10 a.m. and reopen March 15 at 8 a.m. The Greek Village will close March 6 at 6 p.m. and reopen March 15 at noon.

Undergraduate Research. Students who have participated in undergraduate research or unique academic experiences are encouraged to apply for Discover USC, an annual event to be held April 17 for students to showcase their scholarly pursuits in and out of the classroom. The priority deadline for students to register is March 6.

University Advising Center. Is your student looking to change their major to a different college? Does your student need assistance with academic success strategies? Encourage them to make an appointment with staff in the University Advising Center, who offer exploratory advising and academic success coaching.

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