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Name Cards

Commencement at the University of South Carolina includes a tradition provided by few universities. We honor graduates individually by name during the ceremony.

Each candidate will have a program in their seat. Inside that program is a name card, which has the student’s name and seat number printed on it. When a candidate is called to stand and process by a Commencement Marshal, they will take the card with them.  As the candidate approaches the stage ramp, they will hand their card to a Commencement Marshal, so their name will be announced as they ascend the stage ramp.

Commencement Marshals in garnet gowns will be on the floor to assist candidates during graduation.

If a candidate does not have a name card or need help, they can find a Commencement Marshal and ask for assistance.