Preparing for Graduation

For December Graduates

Tickets are not required for the December Ceremony, but each student must complete a Graduate Update Form in order to participate in the ceremony. You must complete the form and return it to the Alumni Office in the Alumni House (Pickens-Salley House).

For May and August Graduates

Each degree candidate who has indicated they will participate in the ceremony will receive a certain number of tickets. Tickets will be available the morning of the ceremony.  More details about the number of tickets and where to pick them up at will be announced soon.

Graduating students must complete the Graduate Update Form and present the form in person in order to pick up tickets.

Graduating students have the opportunity to participate in the traditional Senior Gift.

It is a wonderful way to stay connected to UofSC Aiken while receiving information on career opportunities and other ways to be involved.

With a $25 donation, graduates will receive an alumni t-shirt, a special gift and one year membership to the Alumni Association. To participate, complete the form below and bring both the form and your donation to the Alumni Relations Office in the Alumni House (Pickens-Salley House).

Graduate Update Form

TBA. Specific details for all August 15 commencement-related activities are still being finalized.

TBA. Specific details for all August 15 commencement-related activities are still being finalized.

The UofSC Aiken Bookstore, located in the Student Activities Center, has a number of Pacer and Graduation items available for purchase including: Diploma Frames, Desk Lamps, Desk Sets, Letter Sorters, Bookends, Desk Boxes, Paper Weights, Alumni Coffee Mugs, Alumni Decals, and UofSC Aiken clothing.

Merchandise can also be purchased online at https://www.bkstr.com/uscaikenstore.

The Graduation Ceremony

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There is one area of the parking lot designated "by invitation only" for members of the Platform Party.

For August Commencement, all guests need a ticket for entry. If they are bringing children, each child (including babies) must have a ticket as well.

Parents and guests should use the main front doors leading into the lobby.

Due to limited capacity and licensing restrictions at the UofSC Aiken Child Care Center, the University will no longer be able to provide child care services during the graduation ceremony. If tickets are required to attend the graduation ceremony, children must have a ticket as well.

Baby strollers may not be taken in to the arena area of the Convocation Center since there is little space on the arena floor and because they create a hazard for other guests trying to reach their seats.

If a member of your party needs a sign language interpreter for hearing impairment reasons, please contact Ahmed Samaha, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs, at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 803-641-3411. A request must be made by July 24, 2020 for an interpreter to be present.

If an interpreter is requested, there will be a special area of the Convocation Center offering unobstructed views of the sign language interpreter. If a member of your party needs to be seated in this section, someone else in your group may accompany that person; however, due to the limited amount of seating in this area, not everyone in your party can be accommodated in this section.

See a map showing location of hearing impaired seating

Family and friends who are unable to attend can still be part of the event by watching a live stream of the entire ceremony. By the evening of August 15, there will be a link to the broadcast on the home page of our website: www.usca.edu. This live stream will begin about 15 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Parents who are unable to attend may also send their graduate a special letter or message through our Office of Parent and Family Relations.

Parents who are unable to attend may send their graduate a special letter or message through our Office of Parent and Family Relations

Unfortunately we will not be able to deliver items other than letters or cards. Please include your graduate's first name, last name, and middle initial and submit it to the Office of Parents and Family Relations by August 5, 2020. If they will be attending the ceremony, we will make sure it is delivered on the day of graduation. Submissions after that date are not guaranteed to be delivered.

Families can email the message to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or send via US Postal Service to:

Parent and Family Relations
Your graduate’s name
UofSC Aiken SAC Room 158
471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC  29801 

Food and beverages are strictly prohibited.

Noise Reduction

Please turn off your cellular phones and/or pagers. Cowbells, air horns, whistles, and other loud artificial noise makers are not allowed.

Families are asked to withhold applause or loud celebrations during the announcement of graduate names so that we don’t prevent any family’s ability to hear clearly, and to refrain from using any noise making items or from causing distractions that would prevent others from enjoying the ceremony. We’ll join together to congratulate all of the graduates collectively after all names have been read.

As a courtesy to other audience members, please be aware that sound reverberates in a gymnasium and that even the slightest noise is magnified. Please keep movement to a minimum.

We respectfully ask that younger children not be brought to the ceremony at all since they can become restless and disruptive. Also, no baby strollers are permitted inside the Convocation Center.

Photography

Please do not to step into the aisle during the processional or recessional or rush across the stage in order to take photographs. The marshals will be instructed to send guests back to their seats if they attempt to do this. There will be a photographer taking photos of each graduate during the ceremony.

During Commencement, professional photographers from Grad Images will take photographs throughout the evening. Multiple individual shots of graduates will be taken during the ceremony, which graduates will have the opportunity to purchase at a later date. The Alumni Office is pleased to provide a complimentary photograph of graduate which will be mailed approximately 4 weeks after the ceremony.

Additional photos will be available for purchase online at www.gradimages.com.