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Guest Instructions & Information


We are delighted you plan to join us to celebrate your graduate's accomplishments. 

Seating is limited and the venue is open to guests beginning at 4:30. Please arrive on campus no later than 5:30 to allow time to park and walk to the venue.

Guests are encouraged to wear a hat and sunglasses, and bring water. Commencement is an outdoor, sunny venue and spring evenings in the Lowcountry can be quite warm. Seating is in folding chairs. Please feel free to bring cushions. If you wish to bring lawn chairs, please set them up in grassy areas as directed by USCB staff. Commencement Ceremony guests should be advised that umbrellas, whether for rain or heat, obstruct the view of others in the crowd. Please be considerate of your fellow commencement attendees and wear appropriate clothing as an alternative to umbrella usage.

Captioning is available when viewing the streamed version of the ceremony, either in Hargray 159 or online via your personal handheld electronic device. Please access the streamed version via the commencement website. Public wifi is available on campus during the outdoor ceremony and in the Sand Shark Recreation Center in the event of rain. A limited number of handheld electronic devices are available for check out with a driver's license left in deposit at the receptionist desk in the Hargray Building and in the Sand Shark Recreation Center in the event of rain. 

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.

During the degree conferral, each degree recipient’s family and friends would like to hear their graduate’s name read as they cross the stage.  Please hold your applause until the last name is read.  Guests will have a special time to celebrate their graduate’s achievements after the last name is called. In keeping with the solemn nature of the ceremony, guests are asked not to bring or use noisemakers.  Disruptive guests may be asked to leave the ceremony.

After the ceremony there will be time for graduates, faculty, and staff to visit on the lawn where the recessional ends. Please refrain from crowding the graduates as the recessional ends in order to give graduates a few moments with their professors. Graduates have been instructed to find their families when they are finished meeting with professors, faculty, and staff.
A digital copy of the 2016 Commencement program can be downloaded here.
 
In the event of inclement weather:
The commencement ceremony will be held in the Sand Shark Recreation Center. Due to limited space, each degree candidate will be able to reserve a set amount of rain tickets to give to guests. Only the guests holding a rain ticket will be able to attend the ceremony indoors in order to provide safety as designated by the Fire Marshal.