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Graduation Information


ATTENTION: If you graduated in July 2017 or plan to graduate in December 2017 or May 2018 and do NOT plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must submit your In Absentia request to the Registrar’s Office before or no later than April 30, 2018. Please send all In Absentia Requests to:
Office of the Registrar
Post Office Box 8104
SC State University,
Orangeburg, South Carolina 20117


Points of Emphasis for Graduates May 2018

The Graduation Line of March will begin at 5:30pm on Friday, May 11, 2018. The Commencement Ceremony is scheduled to begin at 6:00 pm on Friday, May 11, 2018

Candidates for graduation, who may have questions concerning Commencement, should contact the Registrar’s Office at (803) 536-7185. Alumni, who may have questions regarding Alumni Weekend activities, should contact Director of Alumni Relations Iva Gardner at (803) 516-4616.

Request to Graduate in Absentia
If you do not plan to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must submit a letter requesting permission to graduate “In Absentia” to the Registrar’s Office no later than Monday, April 30, 2018

Graduating Students - Graduation Rehearsal - Water
Graduation Rehearsal will be held 8:30 a.m. - Thursday, May 10, 2018 - Please bring your own Water to Graduation Rehearsal – Oliver C. Dawson Stadium

Diploma - Degree candidates must remain in your correct Line of March to receive your correct Diploma

May 2018 Prospective Graduates - Seating Assignments


Female graduates are asked to wear black dresses and black shoes. Male graduates are asked to wear white shirts, black slacks and black shoes.

Graduation Fee

May 2018 Graduation Fee

July 2018 Graduation Fee

December 2018 Graduation Fee


Academic Regalia 

The University Bookstore is taking orders for academic regalia, invitations, announcements, and other graduation accessories. Please contact the University Bookstore for additional information at 803-536-7095.

Special Note:
Only University Official caps, gowns, hoods, and other academic regalia accessories purchased through the University Bookstore are permitted in University Commencement Ceremony.

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Application for Degrees

Undergraduate and Graduate

Applying for graduation is a university degree requirement for all prospective graduates.  The application must be filed in the term prior to expected degree completion term. .  The date of graduation will be recorded for the term of completion.

Failure to clear for graduation will require the degree candidate to reapply for graduation and payment of another graduation fee for the next subsequent Commencement. All applications for the degrees must be submitted to the Registrar's Office not later than the date set forth in the University calendar.

It is the responsibility of the student to do the following:

  1. Perform a Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) degree audit  in Bulldog Connection  to track your degree requirements
  2. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to review all degree requirements
  3. Complete an undergraduate or graduate application for graduation with your department
  4. Pay your graduation fee in the Cashier’s Office – click July/December Fee Chart to view graduation fees
  5. You must submit your graduation application with proof of payment to the Registrar’s Office on or before the Graduation Fee Payment Deadline.


Application for Graduation is not considered complete until the fee is paid and a Graduation Application is returned to the Registrar’s Office.  

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Attendance at Commencement" 

Attendance at the Ceremony is required of all candidates for degrees unless you have extenuating circumstances that will prevent you from participating in the ceremony.

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Female graduates are asked to wear black dresses and black shoes. Male graduates are asked to wear white shirts, black slacks and black shoes.

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Ceremony Photos 

Graduates can purchase their Commencement photo from Columbia, South Carolina-based photography company, Pressmark LLC. Following the ceremony, visit www.pressmarkllc.com then click on the SCSU tab at the top right.

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Commencement Date and Ceremony 

SC State will host the 2018 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 11, 2018 in the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. The Line of March (Processional) will begin at 5:30p.m. and the Commencement Ceremony will begin at 6:00 p.m.

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Commencement Participation Policy 

All Students

Students will not be eligible to participate in a Commencement Ceremony unless all degree requirements have been completed prior to participation. In addition, students will NOT be allowed to participate in commencement if they have NOT submitted their graduation application forms to the Registrar’s Office by the deadline listed on the University Calendar.  Students who miss this deadline must apply for the next commencement ceremony.  For example, if a student completes degree requirements in May, but did not submit a graduation application by the posted deadline for May commencement, that student CANNOT participate in the May commencement.  In order to participate in commencement, that student MUST apply for the December graduation.  NOTE: An application for graduation is COMPLETE only after it has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office.


All prospective graduates must file an Application for Graduation and pay the required fee. The Application for Graduation must be filed in the term prior to the term of degree completion by the date noted on the Academic Calendar. The Application for Graduation is not considered filed until the graduation fee is paid and a Graduation Application is submitted to the Registrar’s Office. Students who apply late for graduation will be charged a $25.00 late fee.

Student Responsibility – Undergraduate and Graduate Students: 
Students are responsible for the completion of their academic program, based upon the requirements stated in the University Catalog. The advisor is available to counsel, but the responsibility to ensure all degree completion remains with the student.

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Commencement Satellite Site 

The Satellite Site will be located in the Fine Arts Center in front of the Smith-Hammond Memorial Center (SHM).

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Curriculum, Advising, & Program (Planning)/Degree Audit is the University’s advising tool used by students, faculty and the Staff of the Registrar’s Office to perform degree audits.  Please click CAPP or CAPP PowerPoint for Students to review steps on how to perform your degree audit in Bulldog ConnectionIt is the student’s responsibility to perform a degree audit by using CAPP.

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Diplomas  - (Degree candidates must remain in your correct Line of March to receive your Correct Diploma)

Diplomas will be issued in Staley Hall immediately after the Commencement Ceremony - It is very, very critical that you remain in your correct Line of March to receive your correct diploma. More information will be provided during graduation rehearsal.


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If you are experiencing a medical condition that will require special attention during the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Mrs. Deitra S. Briggman at (803) 536-8394 or dbriggm15@scsu.edu by April 30, 2018.

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Parking for Graduates 

Parking is available for graduates at the Smith-Hammond- Middleton Memorial Center.

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Graduation Clearance 

Graduation Information is available to all students who applied for graduation and it does not imply that you have been approved or cleared for graduation. If you are cleared for graduation, you will not receive any more communication from the Registrar’s Office. However, if you are not cleared, you will receive notification as soon as that determination has been made.

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Graduation with Honors 


Summa Cum Laude 3.75 or above
Magna Cum Laude 3.50 - 3.74
Cum Laude 3.00 - 3.49
Transfer Courses - The highest honor for transfer students is Magna Cum Laude. A minimum of sixty (60) hours must be earned at South Carolina State University.

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Guest Tickets  

Each candidate for graduation will receive 5 tickets for guests in case of inclement weather. Each guest must have a ticket to enter Smith-Hammond-Middleton Memorial Center for the ceremony. You will only receive guest tickets during graduation rehearsal.

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Final Exams and Final Grades 

Final examinations for graduating students are May 2-3, 2018. Please ensure that a final grade is reported for each course that you are taking this semester by checking Bulldog Connection. A grade that is not reported will delay your graduation clearance. For a missing grade, please contact your instructor immediately for a missing grade to be reported to the Registrar’s Office.

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Rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday morning, May 10, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. in the Oliver C. Dawson Stadium. You must be present for graduation rehearsal.

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Transfer Courses

Students, who are currently taking courses at other institutions to complete requirements for graduation, should have official transcripts or official statements of the grades earned sent from the Registrar’s Office of that institution by May 4, 2018 to:

Mrs. Annie R. Belton, Registrar, South Carolina State University, P. O. Box 8104, Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001. An official transcript must be on file before transfer credits are posted on a student’s transcript.

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Transfer Credits/Students 

Please ensure that Mrs. Rose Raysor, Transfer Coordinator, has an official final transcript from ALL colleges/universities to include Technical Colleges you attended, or are attending. To follow-up, you may contact Mrs. Rose Raysor at (803) 533-3601.

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Seating Assignment 

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Prospective Graduates must apply for graduation one year prior to the term of Graduation.

Remember - Everyone must comply with all important graduation application/fee dates and deadlines to avoid financial penalty and having to move your graduation date to the next graduation term.
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