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Graduation & Hooding

Each May, the Arnold School of Public Health hosts a Hooding Ceremony for master's and doctoral students eligible to graduate in May, August and December. Students eligible to participate are asked to complete a brief form with information for the program. Details will be emailed to students and posted below in early Spring.

The Hooding Ceremony is held at the Koger Center and is usually held the day before University Spring commencement exercises.

Due to the need for ongoing COVID-19 mitigation protocols, the 2021 ASPH Hooding ceremony will be limited to only graduating students and essential faculty/staff for in-person attendance.  However, the event will be live streamed to allow for a broader virtual audience.  



Each candidate for graduation must file an application for graduation.
These applications are due early in the term in which graduation is expected. All students will be required to submit their application for graduation online through Self Service Carolina (SSC).  The “Apply to Graduate” box is located under the “Student” tab in SSC. Students will be asked to verify their name, address, and academic program information during the application process.  Note: Students are typically required to register during the term of graduation.

The Graduation application deadline is:

  • Spring 2021 (May 2021) - February 15, 2021
  • Summer 2021 (August 2021) - July 19, 2021
  • Fall 2021 (December 2021) - October 2021

For general USC Graduation information go to:

If you have any questions about this policy, please contact the Office of Graduate Student Services at 803-777-5031 or

The Graduate School requires that students complete a Program of Study in addition to the other steps that must be taken as part of their degree program. It is the student's responsibility to see that all requirements are met. All necessary forms may be accessed at the Graduate School forms library,

In addition to the Arnold School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony, graduating students may also attend the University of South Carolina's Commencement Exercises.

In case of inconsistency between this page and the Registrar’s "Commencement Ceremonies" page regarding University Commencement or University Doctoral Hooding, the Registrar’s Office is the final authority.  The Arnold School of Public Health Hooding Ceremony is a separate event and information will be posted on this page.

The dates are as follows: 
No August Commencement or Hooding Ceremonies.

Spring 2021:

Commencement Exercises (Arnold School of Public Health
Undergraduate and Masters degree students)
Friday, May 7, 2021   Details TBA
USC Doctoral Hooding (eligible participants only) Saturday, May 8, 2021 1:00 PM

Details TBA
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