Convocation for December Graduates Dec. 14

December 13, 2010 at 4:01 pm

Students: Information for December Graduates

This is meant as a brief overview and not a complete explanation. For more detailed information go to:

When is Convocation?

Convocation will be held at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium on Tuesday, December 14, 2010. Graduate processional begins at 6:40 p.m. and commencement begins at 7:00 p.m.

 Do We Need Tickets?

Yes. Each graduate will be issued seven tickets. All guests attending must have a ticket. Lost/Stolen tickets will not be replaced.

 Will We Have A Rehearsal For Graduation?

No. There is no rehearsal prior to graduation.

 What Time Should I Arrive?

All degree candidates need to report to the arena level (lower level) Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium by no later than 6:00pm dressed in his/her academic regalia.

 How Long Is The Ceremony?

The ceremony will last approximately one hour.

 What Should We Do About Parking?

The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers ample free parking in the lots behind the auditorium. There is also a large, free parking lot across the street from the auditorium just off north Church Street. Handicapped parking spaces are available beside the ticket box office and near the lower level arena entrance.

 Attention! Some downtown roads will be blocked due to holiday parade. Please check graduation web site for details and don’t forget to tell your guests!

 Do You Have Handicapped Seating?

Yes. Seating for family members and guests with special needs will be available in the handicapped seating sections.  Only 17 handicap seats are available on a first come, first served basis. Please arrive early.

 Will They Read My Name?

Yes. As the candidates approach the platform, they will hand the name card to a marshal. As the candidate crosses the stage his/her name will be read along with the degree and any applicable academic honors.

 Will I Receive My Diploma?

You will NOT receive your diploma during the commencement exercises. Your diploma will be sent to you approximately two months after the ceremony, once the completion of all degree requirements is verified.

 Please note you diploma and transcript will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina upstate are not satisfied.

 What Should I Wear Underneath My Regalia?

Men, it is recommended that you wear a white dress shirt and tie, dark pants and dark shoes. Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are not appropriate.

 Women, it is recommended that you wear a skirt or dress and dress shoes. Please make sure your dress is not longer than your graduation gown. When selecting your heel height, please consider that you will be walking up and down stairs and across the stage. Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are not appropriate.

 Will I Need To Worry About Photography?

No. Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as s/he is greeted by Chancellor Stockwell. A professional photographer will also be available to take still cap and gown photos of degree candidates. The photographer will be available in the lobby of the auditorium’s arena level from 4:00-5:30 on the day of the ceremony.  For more information, contact grad images at 1-800-261-2576 or at