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Dear May Candidate:

We´re into countdown for your graduation now, and I´m sure you have questions about the ceremony and other events leading up to graduation. Please read the following information carefully so that you can share it with your family and friends. If you requested that your diploma be mailed or picked up, it will be handled accordingly.

The University will hold three commencement ceremonies each lasting approximately two hours at Bon Secours Wellness Arena in Greenville, SC. On Saturday, May 7, 2016, the ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

    Saturday, May 7, 2016
9:30 a.m. Ceremony2:30 p.m. Ceremony6:30 p.m. Ceremony
Architecture, Arts & Humanities Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences Business & Behavioral Science
Engineering & Science School of Education Staff
Library Health, Education & Human Development  
Staff Staff  

Students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend the ceremony designated for their major college. No exceptions will be made.

  • There are no tickets issued for the ceremony; seating is available on a first come/first served basis. Please note that only one individual may accompany guests with visual impairments and limited mobility in the designated seating area. As an added convenience for your guests seating inside the concourse will be reserved for those having difficulty climbing stairs.
  • You can obtain your grades via iROAR after 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4.
  • Only candidates who have completed ALL graduation requirements will be permitted to participate in the graduation ceremony. No exceptions will be made.
  • After grades are submitted to the University Registrar's Office and degree requirements are checked, a representative from each college will attempt to contact, via telephone, any candidate who has been deleted from the graduation list on Thursday, May 5. If you are in doubt as to whether you have completed all requirements for graduation, you may check with the Office of Enrolled Student Services after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 4. Verification of satisfactory completion of degree requirements will not be available before that time.
  • All debts to the University should be cleared by Wednesday, May 4 (this includes money, library books, property, etc).  Otherwise, University policy requires that your diploma be withheld until the debt is cleared.  When clearing debts at the Bursar's Office (G-08 Sikes Hall), be sure to identify yourself as a candidate for graduation so that Enrolled Student Services will be notified.
Candidates Needing Special Consideration
  • If you have a disability which would prevent you from participating in the procession and/or ceremony, please call the Office of Disability Services (864) 656-6848 before Friday, April 15, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Candidates with unusual or difficult-to-pronounce names will have the opportunity to advise the person reading names at the name card distribution site on the day of graduation.

Important Reminders
If you are participating in the ceremony, please remember:

As explained in the enclosed letter, all candidates will pick up their name cards according to the times that are relevant to their graduation ceremony.
  • For the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, come to the Sandlapper entrance of the arena to pick up your line-of-march card between 7:30 - 8:15 a.m. Staff will be available beginning at 8:30 a.m. to assist you in lining up for the processional.
  • For the 2:30 p.m. ceremony, come to the Sandlapper entrance of the arena to pick up your line-of-march card between 12:30 - 1:15 p.m. Staff will be available beginning at 1:30 p.m. to assist you in lining up for the processional.
  • For the 6:30 p.m. ceremony, come to the Sandlapper entrance of the arena to pick up your line-of-march card between 4:30 - 5:15 p.m. Staff will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. to assist you in lining up for the processional.
  • Please find your place and form orderly lines since the Order of March must be checked for absentees before moving onto the coliseum floor.
  • Dress appropriately—the traditional bachelor and master black gown (no decorations on the gown, hood, or cap, please!) and appropriate shoes for negotiating the stairs.
  • No alcoholic beverages in the coliseum--possession of any kind will result in your being asked to leave and to pick up your diploma after the ceremony.
  • You are asked to return to your seat after crossing the stage--and to plan on remaining at the ceremony until you are dismissed after the singing of the Alma Mater. This helps give the ceremony the decorum you and your classmates have a right to expect.
  • PhD students participating in the Doctoral Hooding Ceremony please see the Graduate School for detailed information.

The University wants your graduation ceremony to be a memorable event for you, your family and your friends.  Please help us to make it such by keeping the above procedures in mind.  The Office of the Registrar would like to be the first to congratulate you on your success in arriving at this important threshold in your life.   GO TIGERS!!!

Sincerely,

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Calvin R. Becker
Associate Registrar

 

 

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