Graduation Information


Dear students, congratulations on meeting this milestone of applying for graduation. Once your academic, financial, and other records are reviewed and approved, you will be confirmed as graduates during the May 2021 Commencement Convocation. You have worked hard and deserve this recognition for your academic success at South Carolina State University. We are proud of your accomplishments!

Commencement Date and Ceremony

SC State will host the 2022 Spring Commencement Ceremony on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 7:00PM.


In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will move to Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center (SHM). Seating in SHM would be limited to SC State employees, graduates and their guests. Each graduating student would be allotted five (5) guest tickets for the ceremony.


All prospective graduates MUST assemble in Smith Hammond Middleton Memorial Center (SHM) at 5:00PM on Friday, May 6, 2022.

Rehearsal and Honor Accessories

Commencement rehearsal will be Thursday, May 5, 2022, at 9 a.m. at Oliver C. Dawson Stadium.
Honor accessories will be distributed immediately after rehearsal.

Graduation with Honors

Summa Cum Laude 3.75 or above
Magna Cum Laude 3.50 – 3.74
Cum Laude 3.00 – 3.49


Masks will be required for all attendees and participants; no one will be allowed to enter without a mask.

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.

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.

Request to Graduate in Absentia

If you plan to graduate in May 2022 but will not be able to participate in the Commencement Ceremony, you must submit a letter or email requesting permission to graduate in absentia by Monday, April 29, 2022, to:

Mrs. Felicia L. McMillan
Registrar’s Office
PO Box 8104
SC State University, Orangeburg, SC 29117 or

Graduation Attire

Female graduates are asked to wear black dresses and Male graduates are asked to wear black slacks and white shirts with a dark tie underneath their caps and gowns.

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

Applications for Degrees

Applying for graduation is a university requirement for all undergraduates and graduate prospective students. The application must be filed in the term prior to the 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 degrees must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office no later than the date set forth in the University Academic Calendar. That deadline for May 2022 Commencement was February 11, 2022. Applications are now being accepted for the July 2022 graduation.

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

  1. Students are responsible for the completion of their academic programs, based upon the requirements stated in the University Catalog.
  2. Students must conduct a Curriculum, Advising, and Program Planning (CAPP) degree audit in Bulldog Connection to track degree requirements. Please click CAPP or CAPP PowerPoint for Students to review steps on how to perform your degree audit in Bulldog Connection.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your advisor to review all degree requirements. The advisor is available to counsel, but the responsibility to ensure all degree completion remains with the student.
  4. Complete an undergraduate or graduate application for graduation with your department.
  5. Pay the graduation fee in the Cashier’s Office or online.
  6. Submit your graduation application with proof of payment to the Registrar’s Office on or before the Graduation Fee Payment Deadline.

NOTE: An Application for Graduation is complete only after it has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, Second Floor, Moss Hall, Room 202 or emailed to

Diploma Pick-up

Diploma pick-up is scheduled for Friday, May 6, 2022, immediately following Commencement in Staley Hall Auditorium. A photo identification and mask are required.

If your application for graduation was submitted to the Office of the Registrar after Wednesday, February 16, 2022, your diploma is a late order and will not be available for pick-up. Therefore, once your diploma is received at the University, it will be mailed to the address you have on file within 30 business days.

If your degree is not picked up, it will be mailed to your address on file within 30 business days.

Again, as a reminder, diploma pick-up will be immediately after Commencement in Staley Hall Auditorium.
A photo identification and mask are required.

Alumni Weekend Activities

Alumni who may have questions regarding Alumni Weekend activities should contact Mrs. Iva Gardner at 803-516-4616.


If you are experiencing a medical condition that will require special attention during the Commencement Ceremony, please contact Mrs. Naseema J. Moore at (803) 536-8394 by Monday, April 29, 2022.