2014 Commencement

Class of 2014 Commencement Information

Congratulations on your accomplishment in reaching this wonderful milestone!

Please monitor this website for important information regarding your upcoming commencement.

3L Graduation Fair

There will be a graduation fair for 3ls on Tuesday, March 18th and Wednesday, March 19th in the law school lobby. This is the main opportunity to order your regalia, graduation announcements, and sign up for a bar prep course.

Commencement Reception

A Commencement Reception will be held on Thursday, May 8th from 6:30-9:30pm at the Columbia Museum of Art located at 1515 Main Street in Columbia. Graduates and one guest are admitted free of charge. Additional guest tickets are $25 (children are admitted for free) and may be purchased in advance or at the door. Cash, checks (made payable to USC Education Foundation) are accepted. Graduates may also purchase tickets online in advance only. There will be a quartet and slide show. The event is "dressy casual."

Commencement Exercises

The School of Law Commencement will take place on Friday, May 9th on the University of South Carolina's Historic Horseshoe. The entrance to the Horseshoe is located on Sumter Street between Greene and Pendleton Streets. Commencement begins promptly at 9:30am and lasts about an hour and 45 minutes. The Class of 2014 graduates must be in Drayton Hall at the Wardlaw College Building (across the street from the Horseshoe) by 8:30am. Graduates should bring their caps, tassels, gowns and hoods. There is unlimited seating and tickets are not required to attend. Graduates can order regalia from the law school bookstore starting the end of February.

Commencement Speaker

The School of Law commencement speaker for 2014 is the Honorable William B. Traxler, Jr., Chief Judge, United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Some information about him can be found here:

Parking and Disability Accommodations

The Pendleton Street garage (on Pendleton between Bull and Pickens Streets) will be available for guests attending Commencement exercises. Guests may park at the metered spaces in the Pendleton Street garage at no charge. Other parking spaces there are by permit only and vehicles parked there are subject to ticketing and possibly towed. Limited metered parking is available on the streets surrounding the Horseshoe and it is patrolled by the City of Columbia. There is also handicapped parking around the Horseshoe for guests who have placards or license plates.

An area on the Horseshoe is reserved for disabled seating. If you have a guest that requires accommodations due to a disability, please contact Megan Seiner by Wednesday, May 7th.


The closest restrooms available are located in the Russell House which is located on Greene Street, parallel to the Horseshoe. Law School staff will be on hand to direct guests in need of assistance to an accessible restroom close to the seating area.

Inclement Weather

If there is a threat of inclement weather, a decision will be made on Thursday, May 8th no later than 4:00pm as to the location of the Commencement exercises. The decision of location will be posted on the School of Law website ( In the event of inclement weather, Commencement will be held at the Koger Center, located at the intersection of Assembly and Greene Streets. Due to limited seating at the Koger Center, graduates will be limited to ten (10) guest tickets. Guest tickets for admission to the ceremony will be distributed to the graduates starting the week before commencement. Graduates may pick them up from Megan Seiner or Tootie Hooks in room 140. The last day to pick up tickets is Thursday, May 8th. Overflow seating will be available in the School of Law Auditorium with a live video feed of the ceremony.

The only parking available at the Koger Center is handicapped parking. These spaces are limited and guests are advised to arrive early if they wish to secure a space. Parking in these spaces requires a handicapped decal. Additional handicapped parking is available at the meters on the west side of Assembly Street between College and Greene Streets, and on both sides of College Street between Assembly and Park Streets.

There is a Drop-off Zone on the Assembly Street side of the building. This is particularly helpful during inclement weather, when guests can drop off and pick up passengers close to the doors. Parking is not permitted in the drop off zone.

There is on-street parking around the Koger Center. Additionally, there are parking lots behind the Carolina Coliseum (Z lots) and the Discovery Plaza garage.

Class Picture and Ceremonial DVD

The class picture will be taken immediately following Commencement on the steps of McKissick. The class picture will be available for download from the School of Law website on Monday, May 12th.

A DVD of the commencement ceremony will also be recorded and available for purchase shortly after commencement.

The class picture and DVD are not ventures of the USC School of Law or the University of South Carolina. This notice is for informational purposes only.

Commencement Timeline