800 University WaySpartanburg, SC 293031-864-503-5000
This is meant as a brief overview and not a complete explanation. For more detailed information go to: www.uscupstate.edu/graduation
Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Graduate Processional at 2:45 p.m.
Commencement at 3:00 p.m.
Tickets are required. Each student will receive 6 tickets. All guests MUST have a ticket. Lost tickets will not be replaced.
All degree candidates need to report dressed in his/her academic regalia to the arena level (lower level) of the Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium no later than 1:30 p.m.
The ceremony will last approximately one hour.
The Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium offers ample free parking in the lots behind the Auditorium. There is also a large, free parking lot across the street from the Auditorium just off North Church Street. Handicapped parking spaces are available beside the ticket box office and near the lower level arena entrance. Please remember, parking is prohibited in fire lanes and/or on sidewalks.
Yes. Seating for family members and guests with special needs will be available in the handicapped seating sections. No prior arrangements need to be made to secure seating for this area. One companion may accompany the guests sitting in this area. Event marshals will be present to direct your guests to the nearest accessible seating.
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.
Yes. Degree candidates will receive a name card upon check-in. As the candidates approach the platform, they will hand the name card to a marshal. As the candidate crosses the stage his/her name will be read along with the degree and any applicable academic honors. Each candidate will be greeted by Interim Chancellor Fitzpatricke and his/her Dean.
You will NOT receive your diploma during the commencement exercises. Your diploma will be sent to you approximately three months after the ceremony, once the completion of all degree requirements is verified. Please note your diploma and transcript will be held if all financial obligations to the University of South Carolina Upstate are not satisfied.
The transcript request form is available online. Please complete the form in its entirety including your signature before mailing to the appropriate address. There is an $8.00 fee for each transcript. Please be sure to request that your transcript be held until your degree is posted.
Yes. Degree candidates should arrive dressed in their academic regalia. Regalia consists of a mortarboard cap, academic gown, tassel and honor cords (if applicable). Graduate degree candidates will also wear an academic hood. Caps should be worn so they sit level rather than on the back or side of the head.
Academic regalia may be purchased at the
University Bookstore. You can stop by, call or access the
bookstore’s website for more information.
Men, it is recommended that you wear a white dress shirt and tie, dark pants and dark shoes. Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are NOT appropriate.
Women, it is recommended that you wear a skirt or a dress and dress shoes. Please make sure your dress is not longer than your graduation gown. When selecting your heel height, please consider that you will be walking up and down stairs and across the stage. Jeans, tennis shoes and flip-flops are NOT appropriate.
No. Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as he or she is greeted by Interim Chancellor Fitzpatrick. Complimentary photograph proofs will be sent to the permanent address of each degree candidate approximately 30 days after the ceremony. Additional photographs may be purchased upon receipt of the proof, but there is absolutely no obligation to purchase any photographs.
A professional photographer will also be available to take still cap and gown photos of degree candidates. The photographer will be available in the lobby of the Auditorium’s arena level from 4:00-5:30 on the day of the ceremony. For more information, contact Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576 or at
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?