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Graduation Information

 

May 2014 Graduation Fee

ATTENTION: If you are graduating in May 2014 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 May 1, 2014.

July 2014 Graduation Fee

December 2014 Graduation Fee



 

Graduation "In Absentia" 

Attendance at the Convocation is required of all candidates for degrees.. Requests for permission to graduate “in absentia” should be sent to Mrs. Annie R. Belton, Registrar, SC State, P.O. Box 8104, Orangeburg, SC 29117-0001.

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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 reapplication and payment of another graduation fee for the next subsequent convocation. 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 May 2014 Fee Chart to view graduation fees
  5. Submit your graduation application with proof of payment to the Registrar’s Office immediately

 


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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CURRICULUM, ADVISING, & PROGRAM PLANNING (CAPP)/DEGREE AUDIT 

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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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.



Students completing all coursework and degree requirements in May will participate in the May Commencement Ceremony. Students completing all coursework and degree requirements in July or December will participate in the December Commencement Ceremony.


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 Date and Ceremony 

SC State will host the Commencement Convocation on Friday, May 9, 2014 in the Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium. The Line of March (Processional) will begin at 6:30 p.m. and the Commencement Ceremony will begin at 7:00 p.m.

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Rehearsal 

Rehearsal is scheduled for Thursday morning, May 08, 2014 at 8:30 a.m.in the Oliver C. Dawson Bulldog Stadium.


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Parking for Graduates 

Parking will be available for you in the Staley Hall Fenced-In Parking Lot on Friday, December 13, 2013 for Commencement Rehearsal and on Saturday, December 14, 2013 for the Commencement Convocation

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Guest Tickets (In The Event of Inclement Weather)  

Information concerning guest tickets in the event of inclement weather will be available at a later date.

  
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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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Diplomas 

Diplomas will be mailed within 30 working days after Commencement. Diplomas are mailed to the permanent address on your application.


Note: Verify that your permanent address is correct in Bulldog Connection. If your diploma is lost because the permanent address on your application is incorrect, you will be charged $50.00 to re order a duplicate degree.


If your address has changed since the submission of your application, please update it on Bulldog Connection.

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Graduation with Honors 

AVERAGE

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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Final Exams and Final Grades 

Final examinations for graduating students are April 29 – May 01, 2014. 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.

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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 6, 2014 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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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 this office. However, if you are not cleared, you will receive notification as soon as that determination has been made.

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Disabilities 

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 on or before May 8, 2014.

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Transfer 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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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 official caps, gowns, hoods, and other academic regalia accessories purchased through the University Bookstore are permitted in University Commencement Convocations.

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Webcast 

The 2014 May Commencement Convocation Webcast will be available online the week immediately following Commencement.

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Attire 

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


Registrar’s Office/Veterans Affairs
P. O. Box 8104
South Carolina State University
Orangeburg, South Carolina 29117-0001
(803) 536-8406 phone
(803) 536-8602 fax

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Seating Assignment 


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