Update on Commencement

After discussions with healthcare professionals, the University of South Carolina Board of Trustees and leadership from across the UofSC system, have determined that large scale, face-to-face events pose too great a health risk to graduating students, their families, and university personnel to safely host at this time. Therefore, the USC System has reluctantly made the decision to replace in-person ceremonies with virtual commencement exercises in August.

While we originally planned a face to face ceremony in August, the UofSC Aiken will now create an enjoyable experience that honors our 2020 Pacer Class while protecting the health of our graduates, their family and friends, and the campus community at large.

"While everyone at UofSC Aiken would prefer to enjoy the energy and joy associated with a large scale, in-person graduation ceremony, prudence during a pandemic dictates that the university weigh the health risks against our desires to operate more normally. A period of national crisis necessitates compromises," said Dr. Sandra Jordan, chancellor.

A refund option is still available to those graduates who purchased regalia for the ceremony.

To request a refund, please contact Serena Whittikki at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with the subject line marked REFUND – CAP & GOWN. Be sure to indicate your name and phone number. She will contact you within 1 (one) business day.

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