Participation by the Medical University of South Carolina's faculty in the May Commencement Ceremony has always been an essential part of creating a memorable day for all degree candidates and is strongly encouraged.
If you are in need of academic regalia for the ceremony, faculty may order either souvenir-level eco-friendly regalia through the Office of Enrollment Management, or purchase fine-quality regalia directly from a vendor.
To order souvenir regalia as worn by the candidates, please click on the link below, following the instructions to create a CollegeNet login and password, and complete an order form:
You may visit the Josten's website to look at fine-quality Academic Regalia available for purchase. Jostens website
Please be sure to order NO LATER THAN MARCH 1 for participation in the May ceremony.
Commencement Day Robing
7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m.
Go to Bioengineering Building Room 112 with your regalia.
Commencement Day Line-up and Processional
Faculty gather in the Bioengineering Building Room 112.
Faculty Marshals assemble the faculty into two lines of approximately equal length without specific order by college or program. Marshals lead the procession into the Horseshoe and fall in behind the last of the candidates when they pass.
The Grand Marshal announces, "Let the procession begin." Accompanied by processional music, the candidates enter the Horseshoe in two columns. Marshals will lead candidates to proper seating row and seat. Be seated as they enter. Faculty follow their Marshals to the center of the stage area and enter the rows on either side, moving to the following rows as indicated by the Marshal. They are followed by the Presidential Party which will occupy the first two rows.
Minister gives invocation. (All males remove hats during invocation. Hats are then replaced.) President offers his welcome and introduces the speaker, who gives the address.
Conferring of Degrees at Commencement
The Vice-President for Academic Affairs (AAVP) announces honorary degrees, which are conferred by the President.
The AAVP introduces the Dean of the College of Health Professions.
As the name is being read, each candidate walks across the stage, receives a congratulatory handshake from the President and their Dean (in the center of the platform), walks across to the Chairman of the Board, receives a congratulatory folder, and shakes hands with the Chairman. After all candidates within the degree group have crossed the stage, the President goes to the microphone and requests that the candidates rise and then confers the degrees. The President signals the graduates to be seated.
Next, the same procedure is repeated for each degree group with the exception of the MD/PhD candidates who remain on stage for the conferral.
President introduces the President of the Joint Alumni Association.
President congratulates graduates, thanks the speaker, and expresses appreciation to the audience for attending. Minister gives benediction. (All males remove hats. Hats are then replaced.) Graduates and faculty remain standing.
Recessional music begins. Presidential party exits first, then the faculty, and then the graduates. Those who entered last are the first to leave. After the faculty pass, the person nearest the aisle on the last two rows falls in immediately behind the faculty.