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The December Graduation will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 3:00 p.m., at the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium.
Based on our growing numbers of graduates annually and as a result of the growing numbers of guests, the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium requires that guests have a ticket to enter.
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers ample free parking in the lot behind the auditorium itself. There is also a large free parking lot located across from the auditorium off of N. Church Street. Degree candidates, family members and guests should designate a place to meet after the ceremonies.
The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium is located at 385 North Church Street next to Wofford College. Please see
directions to Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium for detailed directions.
Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium
385 N. Church St.
Spartanburg, S.C., 29303
Family members or guests who have special needs, including mobility impairments due to health conditions, or who are unable to walk moderate distances may be dropped off at the front entrance of the Auditorium on N. Church Street or down at the Arena entrance (lower lever) for elevator service. The driver of the vehicle should park in an adjacent parking lot.
PLEASE NOTE that there are 17 first come, first served wheelchair spaces available in the Auditorium. It is also important to note that the balcony of the Auditorium can only be accessed by stairs. If you have family members requiring the use of a wheelchair space, please be sure to have them arrive early as these spaces fill up quickly.
Sign language interpreting will be provided for the hearing-impaired. The interpreter will be positioned on the platform.
First Aid services and handicapped accessible restrooms are available both on campus and at the Auditorium. In case of an emergency, EMS will be on site and University Police will be available to assist you.
When the Chancellor closes the December convocation following the awarding of the degrees, the audience is asked to rise for the singing of the first verse only of the Alma Mater. The words of the song were penned by Professor George Wauchope of the English Department in 1911 (adopted in 1912) and are printed in the commencement program. The tune is that of "Flow Gently, Sweet Afton." "Here's a health, Carolina!" is a phrase which is repeated in Carolina's Alma Mater. Over the years, the custom has arisen of raising the right hand, with the fingers cupped, when the phrase "Here's a health, Carolina!" occurs, as if offering a toast. The Alma Mater is always sung with heads uncovered.
We hail thee, Carolina, and sing thy high praise;With loyal devotion, rememb'ring the days,When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be;Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Since pilgrims of learning, we entered thy wallsAnd found dearest comrades in thy classic halls;We've honored and loved thee, as sons faithfully;Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Generations of sons have rejoiced to proclaimThy watchword of service, thy beauty and fameFor ages to come shall their rallying cry be;Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Fair shrine of high honor and truth, thou shalt stillBlaze forth as a beacon, thy mission fulfill;And be crowned by all hearts in a new jubilee;Here's a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
Please visit the Spartanburg Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) for detailed information on accommodations, restaurants, and maps. The CVB is located at 298 Magnolia Street in Spartanburg. You may wish to call the Visitor Center at (864) 594-5050 or 1-800-374-8326, or visit their website.
View the USC Upstate Visitor's Guide (pdf)
Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as he/she is greeted by Interim Chancellor Fitzpatrick. Complimentary photograph proofs will be sent to the degree candidate at his/her permanent address approximately 30 working days after the commencement/convocation exercises. Additional photographs may be purchased upon receipt of the proof.
No prior arrangements are necessary for this service; all degree candidates will be photographed during the ceremony. There is absolutely no obligation to purchase any photographs. Families and guests will not be permitted on the event floor during the ceremonies.
There will also be a professional photographer available to take still cap and gown photographs of the degree candidates on this special day. This photographer will be located on the lower level of the Auditorium where graduates gather of the Auditorium’s Arena for December Convocation from 4:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. For more information, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or visit their website at
Professional, multi-camera commemorative videos that wil include the individual recognition of each degree candidate, will be available for purchase through Media Services. For more information, or to order, you may wish to call (864) 503-5564.
If you have any questions regarding the commencement exercises or the convocation, you may wish to call the University Registrar's Office at 864-503-5220, visit the Office of the
University Registrar's web site or read the graduation Frequently Asked Questions online.
The University of South Carolina Upstate is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate and masters degrees. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia, 30033 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of USC Upstate. Comments or Complaints?