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Dear December Candidate:

Were into countdown for your graduation now, and Im 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 two graduation ceremonies, each lasting approximately two hours in LITTLEJOHN COLISEUM. On THURSDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2014, the ceremonies are scheduled as follows:

    9:30 a.m. Ceremony 1:30 p.m. Ceremony  

    Agriculture, Forestry & Life Sciences Businesss & Behavioral Science
    Architecture, Arts & Humanities Health, Education & Human Development
    Engineering & Science Library
    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, the entire first row of fixed seating inside the concourse will be reserved for those having difficulty climbing stairs. The concourse will also be set up for additional guest seating in each of the four corners of Littlejohn Coliseum. Chairs and large screen television(s), with a live broadcast of the ceremony, may provide our guests with a more comfortable and alternative viewing experience.
  • You can obtain your grades via iROAR after 8:00 a.m. on Tuesday, December 16.
  • 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 Wednesday, December 17. 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 Tuesday, December 16. Verification of satisfactory completion of degree requirements will not be available before that time.
  • All debts to the University should be cleared by Monday, December 15 (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, August 1, so that appropriate arrangements can be made.
  • Candidates with unusual or difficult-to-pronounce names may want to advise the person who will read out names as to the correct pronunciation. Likewise, the opportunity will exist at the name card distribution site for candidates with unusual pronunciation of names.
Name of CollegeName ReaderPhone
PhD & Master Candidates
Agriculture, Forestry & Life SciencesRobert Barkley656-2287
Architecture, Arts & HumanitiesRobert Barkley656-2287
Business & Behavioral SciencesPeter Cohen650-5497
Engineering & ScienceRobert Barkley656-2287
Health, Education & Human DevelopmentPeter Cohen650-5497

Undergraduate Candidates
Agriculture, Forestry & Life SciencesJudith McKnew656-6256
Architecture, Arts & HumanitiesJudith McKnew656-6256
Business & Behavioral ScienceSue Whorton656-2625
Engineering & ScienceJudith McKnew656-6256
Health, Education & Human DevelopmentSue Whorton656-2625

Important Reminders

If you are participating in the ceremony, please remember:
  • For the 9:30 a.m. ceremony, come to the East gate entrance to the coliseum 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 1:30 p.m. ceremony, come to the East gate entrance to the coliseum to pick up your line-of-march card between 11:30 - 12:15 p.m. Staff will be available beginning at 1:30 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.

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!!!



Calvin R. Becker
Associate Registrar



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