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Frequently Asked Questions

Review these frequently asked questions to find answers.

Academic Regalia and Attendance

For assistance, please contact the University Bookstore in the Russell House: 803-777-4160,

Additional information (i.e., tassel colors, honors cords) can be found on our Academic Regalia page

Approximately 2 - 2 1/2 hours
The link will be available on for guests to stream just before the ceremony begins.
Please send an email to with your name, USC ID and ‘Cancel Attendance’ in subject line.

Yes, if your graduation application was submitted before the deadline for program edits.

No, but your name may still be listed in the program.



No, only guests of the graduate.

Yes, all persons are required to have a ticket.

Seat numbers will be emailed to graduate candidates at least a week prior to the ceremony. Please save your seat number as a screenshot for reference.

Commencement tickets are fully digital and cannot be printed.

Students will receive an email when guest ticketing becomes available, roughly 2-6 weeks prior to the ceremony. Please keep an eye on our Graduation Dates and Deadlines page for official dates as they become available.

Please check that your graduation application has been submitted and attendance is listed as ‘yes’. If both, please search your spam or junk folder.  Still no, contact for additional assistance. If either is ‘no’, please contact for additional assistance.

Students participating in the Baccalaureate, Masters and Professional Commencement Ceremonies will receive up to five tickets for their guests attending the event. Additional guest tickets may be available at a later date pending availability. View the Tickets and Seating page for more information.

If this option becomes available, graduates will be notified via their university email account.

Ticketing receives attendance updates from our office daily, usually during the afternoon. Please allow 1-2 business days to claim tickets via Student Account Manager. If additional assistance is needed retrieving your tickets, please email

Yes, please email stating that you are a dual degree candidate wanting to be seated with the specified college.



Yes, if your graduation application was submitted before the deadline for program edits.

No, but your name may still be listed in the program.

Possible honors based on your GPA at the time of printing will be noted in the program. Final honors will reflect on your transcript and diploma approximately 30 days after all degrees have been awarded.

Please refer to our Graduation with Honors page for the appropriate designations.

Graduates planning to attend the Bachelor, Master’s, and Professional ceremony will receive multiple emails from Marching Order, a third-party vendor that manages name pronunciation for University of South Carolina commencement ceremonies.

No. Students will cross the stage in alpha order by degree.  The name of their college will be announced prior to the first student walking across the stage.



For graduates requiring special assistance, please contact the Student Disability Resource Center at or 803-777-6142.

No prior arrangement is needed for guests who need assisted seating. Additional details can be found on our Tickets and Seating page.

There are several local providers who rent wheelchairs and personal mobility devices.

Please refer to the South Carolina Athletics Clear Bag Policy

If your item is not listed, please contact the venue for approval.



Each college has approximately 30 days after commencement to submit degree approvals to our office. 

Once we receive degree approval from your college, your degree will be awarded within 3 – 5 business days.

Please view your degree status on your academic transcript in If your degree is still listed as pending, you should wait to submit your transcript order. Once it is listed as awarded, you may proceed with placing your transcript request.

Diplomas are mailed to all graduates within 90 days of graduation.

Please verify that your diploma mailing address is correct by viewing your submitted graduation application. If changes are needed, please send an email to providing your name, USC ID, and the updated mailing address.

Your full name as it appears on your student record will appear on your diploma. You may confirm this information by viewing your graduation application in If your full name is not shown, please complete a Name Change form to have it corrected.

Please refer to our Graduation with Honors page for the appropriate designations.

Yes, GLD, Latin Honors, and Departmental Honors will print on your diploma.

Any minor(s) and/or concentration(s) will print on your official transcript but will not print on your diploma.


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