Student posing for a photo at graduation


Celebrating the accomplishments of our students

On Thursday, December 9, 2021, the University of South Carolina Aiken will host Convocation in honor of the class of 2021. All graduates will receive 5 tickets each.

Congratulations to all of our graduates! This is a special time for you and your families to celebrate. Below are some tips to make this day and evening more enjoyable for you.

We hope you will have time to scan the many important items concerning your graduation. You can also view frequently asked questions from graduates.

Date and Time: Thursday, December 9 at 6:00 p.m. Graduates need to be at the Convocation Center at 5:00 p.m. We strongly encourage everyone to attend the rehearsal/information session at 11:30 a.m. on December 9 in the Convocation Center.

Note that the university has incorporated the hooding ceremony into the graduation ceremony at 6:00 p.m.

Location: USC Aiken Convocation Center, 2049 Champion Way, Graniteville, SC 29829. This is right across the Robert Bell Parkway from the main campus.

Speaker: Pacer tradition is to have a USC Aiken alumnus speak during the December Graduation and this year’s speaker is Captain Jared I. Hines. He is a captain in the United States Air Force and a proud Pacer alumnus.

Caps and Gowns: Need to be ordered on the bookstore website by November 15.

Graduates stop at the Pacer Shoppe (the USC Aiken bookstore) to buy caps and gowns. A new shipment is coming in on November 5.

Bachelor Set (includes cap, gown, tassel and diploma cover): $80.00

Masters Set (includes cap, gown, tassel, Master’s hood and diploma cover): $124.00

If you have any questions regarding cap and gown orders, please give the Pacer Shoppe a call at 803-641-3457.

Tickets: Each graduate will receive 5 tickets for guests. Infants will need a ticket.

Please note, tickets can be picked up at the Alumni House between Monday, November 22 and Monday, December 6 on any weekday between 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. On Wednesday, December 1, students can pick up tickets at Grad Fest from 12:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Grad Fest: As mentioned above, there is a Grad Fest on Wednesday, December 1, from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Quad – Rain site is the SAC Mezzanine. There you will be able to pick up ceremony tickets, brunch tickets and participate in the class gift.

Brunch and Gift: We hope you and your family members will be able to attend a celebration brunch on December 9 for a last hoorah before you officially become a USC Aiken Pacer Alum!

There is also an opportunity to join the Alumni Association with a gift to USC Aiken. 

More frequently asked questions about joining the alumni association, professional photos, tips on what to wear, and diploma information may be found on the frequently asked questions page.

Thanks again, and GO PACERS!