The University of South Carolina honors each degree candidate’s accomplishment by reading their name, as they listed it, during the Commencement ceremony. Each student is personally greeted by the President of the University of South Carolina and by the Chancellor of the University of South Carolina Beaufort.
University of South Carolina Alma Mater
When the chancellor closes the ceremony following the awarding of all degrees, the audience is asked to rise for the singing of the first verse of the Alma Mater after which the platform party will recess. The Alma Mater is always sung with heads uncovered. The tune is Flow Gently, Sweet Afton.
Over the years, the custom has arisen of raising the right hand, with the fingers cupped, when the phrase, "Here’s a health, Carolina!" occurs, as if offering a toast.
"We Hail Thee, Carolina" was written by Professor George Wauchope