May Commencement Information – For Students

April 27, 2012 at 7:00 am

May Commencement will be held outdoors on the quadrangle behind the Stockwell Administration Building on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. The graduate processional begins at 6:40 p.m.   We expect the convocation to last approximately ninety minutes. USC President Harris Pastides and USC Upstate Chancellor Thomas Moore will preside at convocation.

  • There are no rehearsals prior to graduation.
  • Students should report dressed in academic regalia to the G B Hodge Arena by no later than 6:00 p.m.
  • In the arena, students will be find in his/her assigned seat, which will include their name card and a program.
  • If a degree candidate anticipates that his/her name may be mispronounced, he/she may write the name phonetically on the top of the name card.
  • Students arriving late may risk not marching in the procession and will be placed at the end of the line, out of their degree order.
  • Please do not bring umbrellas, purses, or any valuables with you, as there will not be a secure place to store them.

Severe Weather
In the event of severe weather the ceremony will be moved to the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium. The ceremony time would remain the same and would begin at 7:00 p.m. (Processionals would begin at 6:40 p.m.). The decision to implement the severe weather plan will be made by 12:00 noon the day of commencement.

Due to the size of our graduating class, students will receive will  three (3) tickets for the auditorium and three (3) tickets to the arena (the lower level of the auditorium). The auditorium tickets provide a live viewing of the ceremony.  The arena tickets provide guests a video of the ceremony.

Ticket Pick-Up
Lost tickets cannot be replaced. All persons attending must have a ticket.

Spartanburg Campus:

  • Tickets will be available beginning Monday, April 16, 2012 the HPAC Box Office from 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday; 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday
  • Students will be required to show a picture ID and sign for the tickets.
  • Students MUST pick up their tickets by Monday, April 30, 2012 at 5:00 p.m.
  • If there are any unclaimed or extra tickets, one (1) additional ticket will be available on a first come, first served basis on Tuesday, May 1 from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Students must again show their photo ID and sign for the additional tickets.

Greenville Campus:

  • Can request tickets through the USC Upstate Office in Greenville Monday through Thursday 8:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. and Friday 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. beginning April 16, 2012
  • Within one week of making the request, the tickets will be sent from the main campus to the USC Upstate, Greenville Campus office and students can sign for and pick up their tickets.

Students will be required to show their photo ID. The last day ticket requests can be made at the Greenville Campus is Wednesday, April 25, 2012. After this date, students must pick up tickets on the main campus as outlined above.