December Graduation

The information below is for Education Specialist, Master, and Undergraduate students only. Doctoral graduates: you will receive a separate registration email directly from the Graduate School with a registration link, ticketing information, and many other details about registration, ticketing, and more.

Ticketing Information

Each graduate who has registered for their college’s ceremony should have received five (5) electronic tickets in total—four (4) for their guests and one (1) for the graduate. These tickets are electronic and were texted to the cell phone number provided by the graduate during the registration process. The graduate should be able to forward the tickets to their guests. This step is essential as graduates and guests will enter through separate locations. For more information on managing and transferring tickets, please visit Ticketmaster. All graduates and guests (including small children) will need an electronic ticket to enter BSWA and will have assigned seats. All doors will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. If you requested ADA seating for one or more ov your guests, all four (4) of your guests will be seated in ADA seating.

For family and friends that are unable to attend, the ceremonies will be livestreamed.

ASL Interpreting: If one or more of your guests need ASL interpreting, please let us know and we will re-assign your guest tickets to the appropriate area.

Arrival Information

All ceremonies will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (BSWA) at 650 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601.

Upon arrival, guests and graduates should park in City of Greenville public parking garages ($6) or private parking lots close to the arena (prices vary). There are limited amount of ADA spaces available on a first-come, first-serve basis in the VIP lot at the arena, and there is a $5 fee to park. For more information on parking, visit Bon Secours Wellness Arena's Website.

NO BAGS will be allowed inside the arena. BSWA has a no bag policy that prohibits purses, large bags, clutches, camera cases and other similar bags from being carried into the arena, so please plan accordingly. Graduates or guests arriving with bags will not be granted access to the arena.

Doors for graduates and guests will open one hour prior to the start of the ceremony. Graduates will enter at the Loading Dock, which is located on the north side of the arena closest to N. Academy Street. Graduates must be seated at least 25 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony.

Ceremony Information

All ceremonies will be held at the Bon Secours Wellness Arena (BSWA) at 650 N. Academy St., Greenville, SC 29601.

Graduates should wear their Graduation Regalia to their ceremony. For any questions regarding your cap/gown or other regalia, please contact the Clemson University Bookstore.

Once inside the arena, graduates will be directed to their assigned seats, where they will find their name cards. If “NAME CHECK” is on the top corner of your name card, then please return to the loading dock area, where you will be directed to see the Name Reader to ensure that they have the correct pronunciation of your name. If you believe that your name may need to be checked, please plan to arrive when doors open (one hour prior to the start of the ceremony.)

During the ceremony, once directed by a marshal, graduates will approach the stage in a socially distanced line. Once at the stage, the graduate will give their name card to the name reader, and the graduate’s name will be called, as the graduate crosses the ramp in front of the stage. All graduates will have the opportunity to have a professional photograph made with President Clements at the top of the ramp, as well as an additional photograph after crossing the ramp. Due to health and safety concerns, facial masks must remain on at all times, and there will be no handshake with the president.

To ensure the health and safety of the graduates, guests and University/arena personnel, the following measures will be in effect:

  • No bags will be allowed in the arena.
  • The venue will be disinfected and sanitized before/after each ceremony.
  • A minimum of 6 feet of distance between groups of guests will be strictly enforced inside and outside the arena.
  • Graduates and guests will be required to wear face masks/coverings at all times while inside the arena.
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the arena for graduates, guests and staff.
  • Each ceremony will be livestreamed and recorded for the convenience of those who cannot be in attendance.
  • All diplomas will be mailed. You should have already received an email with instructions to update your mailing address in your my.clemson.edu profile.

Wednesday, December 16

1:00pm Ceremony
  • Doctoral Hooding
5:00pm Ceremony
  • Education Specialists and Masters Only

Thursday, December 17

9:00am Ceremony
  • College of Art, Architecture and Humanities (Undergraduate Only)
  • College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences (Undergraduate Only)
1:00pm Ceremony
  • College of Agriculture, Forestry and Life Sciences (Undergraduate Only)
  • College of Business (Undergraduate Only)
  • College of Education (Undergraduate Only)
5:00pm Ceremony
  • College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences (Undergraduate Only)
  • College of Science (Undergraduate Only)

Congratulations, and as always, Go Tigers!