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University Signature Events

The University of South Carolina is a place of near-constant activity. Beginning with your move-in week and culminating with commencement, the university hosts a broad spectrum of experiences that inform, educate and entertain the members of the Carolina community.

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UofSC Welcome

Before you hit the books, we want you to become familiar with the campus resources available to you and all of the ways that you can get involved. UofSC Welcome activities introduce you to the people, organizations and services that will make your college experience more engaging and purposeful.



New students and their families are invited to join President Robert L. Caslen Jr. for a ceremony that commemorates your transition as a new member of the Carolina family. The reception that follows is a great way to meet the president, university administrators and fellow students.

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Family Weekend

Immerse yourself in the Carolina Community during our annual Family Weekend. Spend a few days getting to know the city and campus, meet fellow family members and students, and cheer on the Gamecocks at Williams-Brice Stadium.

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Homecoming is a special time that unifies alumni and current students. There are a variety of ways to get involved during this fun week of events, including the annual Homecoming Cup competition and the selection of our king and queen through the Homecoming Showcase.


MLK Celebration

For more than 30 years, we have honored the life of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. The university celebrates his achievements and community focus with a wide-ranging week of activities, including a commemorative breakfast, a day of service, a food drive and presentation of the university’s Social Justice Awards.


Carolina hosts TEDxUofSC for the greater Columbia community and welcomes innovative thinkers and leaders from the Midlands to share their ideas with the world. Held on the Columbia campus, the popular event is open to the public as well as the Carolina community. 

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Awards Day

Each spring the university recognizes accomplishments in service, scholarship, leadership and character within our student community. Awards Day honors recipients of university, college and departmental awards for the academic year.

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Commencement exercises are held in May and December each year. President Robert L. Caslen Jr. presides over the official ceremonies, which include Carolina’s tradition of honoring each degree candidate by name.

Upcoming Events

Quilt Documentation Days: Facebook Live

Saturday, Aug. 8, 2020

Location: McKissick Museum

Sins of Omission: The Rollin Sisters and the SC Suffrage Movement

Monday, Aug. 10, 2020

Location: See Description for Event Location.

Postponed-United States Air Force American Clarinet Quartet

Wednesday, Sep. 2, 2020

Location: Koger Center for the Arts

Quilt Documentation Days: Facebook Live

Saturday, Sep. 12, 2020

Location: McKissick Museum

Dance Marathon Reveal

Wednesday, Sep. 23, 2020

Location: RHUU Greene Street Space 01, RHUU Greene Street Space 02, RHUU Greene Street Space 03, RHUU Greene Street Space 04, Greene Street Middle

Tailgate on Greene Street! - Tennessee

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

Location: RHUU Greene Street

Quilt Documentation Days: Facebook Live

Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020

Location: McKissick Museum

Tailgate on Greene Street! - Texas A&M

Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020

Location: RHUU Greene Street

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