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USC celebrates December commencement

The University of South Carolina will host its annual fall semester commencement ceremony for thousands of graduates on Monday (Dec. 18) at the Colonial Life Arena. The main ceremony begins at 2:30 p.m. and will include graduates from associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s and professional degree programs across the USC system.

The university expects to award 2,035 degrees from the Columbia campus, including graduate and professional degrees. System December graduates include 319 from USC Aiken, 129 from USC Beaufort, 34 from USC Lancaster, 14 from USC Salkehatchie, 37 from USC Sumter, 14 from USC Union and 523 from USC Upstate.

USC President Michael Amiridis will deliver remarks to graduates.

Visit the university’s commencement website for information on parking and free shuttle service to and from the arena, and visit the Colonial Life Arena website for information about the clear bag policy. Doors will open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony.

In addition, the university’s doctoral hooding ceremony will take place at the Koger Center at 9:30 a.m. on Dec. 18 with professor Michael L. Myrick delivering remarks. Myrick, a professor in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry, is the recipient of the 2023 Michael J. Mungo Graduate Teaching Award. 

For those who cannot attend the commencement and hooding ceremonies, the Koger Center event will be livestreamed via YouTube and the Colonial Life Arena event will be livestreamed via Facebook.