- Signature Events
- New Student Convocation
An annual tradition, our Convocation is a special time for faculty, new students and families.
Every August, the University of South Carolina invites the new academic class to attend
New Student Convocation, a ceremony commemorating your inclusion as a new student
at the university.
Along with new students and family members, additional participants include the President, the university's chief administrator; the Provost, the chief academic officer; representatives of the Board of Trustees, the institution’s governing body, to which the president of the university is responsible; and the deans of schools and colleges, the chief administrators and academic officers of their respective schools or colleges.
Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2023
New Student Convocation begins promptly at 11 a.m. on August 23 and lasts for about one hour.
- The Colonial Life Arena will open at 10 a.m.
- Colonial Life Arena has a clear bag policy for all events
Cookies with Cocky
Join us for a reception immediately following the ceremony on the CLA concourse for refreshments and the opportunity to take photos with Cocky.
The community of scholars at UofSC is dedicated to personal and academic excellence. Choosing to join the community obligates each member to a code of civilized behavior.
As a Carolinian…
I will practice personal and academic integrity;
I will respect the dignity of all persons;
I will respect the rights and property of others;
I will discourage bigotry, while striving to learn from differences in people, ideas and opinions;
I will demonstrate concern for others, their feelings, and their need for conditions which support their work and development.
Allegiance to these ideals — our Carolinian Creed — requires each Carolinian to refrain from and discourage behaviors which threaten the freedom and respect every individual deserves.
The university is represented in symbols that highlight our pride, who we are and all that we aspire to uphold. They are brought to life in traditional elements that are part of official events and ceremonies as well as everyday items that symbolize our spirit and loyalty.
The Carolina Mace
The Carolina Mace, fashioned by English silversmith Leslie Durbin, is the symbol of the university’s corporate entity and authority, as well as of the endeavors of the university community. The mace, dedicated in 1967, is carried in procession on occasions of importance by the president of student government.
The significance of the mace is mirrored in the President’s Medallion and Chain of Office, designating the wearer as the temporary embodiment of the university’s power and authority. The gift of the medallion accompanied the gift of the mace. The silver Chain of Office was commissioned in 1991 by the Presidential Candidate Search Committee.
The university seal was adopted in 1803 and is comprised of two figures representing Liberty and Minerva, Roman goddess of wisdom, whose shield is a representation of the seal of the State of South Carolina.
“We Hail Thee, Carolina”
(Tune: “Flow Gently, Sweet Afton”)
We hail thee, Carolina, and sign thy high praise;
With loyal devotion, rememb’ring the days;
When proudly we sought thee, thy children to be;
Here’s a health, Carolina, forever to thee!
— G.A. Wauchope