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Vice President Joe Biden Will Speak at USC Commencement

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Vice President Joe Biden will speak at USC commencement. Vice President Joe Biden will speak at USC commencement.

Students graduating May 9 from the University of South Carolina will have limited tickets to the ceremony. Vice President Joe Biden will be speaker at the largest graduation in the school’s history.

Previously, students were guaranteed to receive five tickets—one for themselves and four for guests. Now students are given seven—one for themselves and six for family or friends.

“I think the school could have handled it differently. They could have told us months ago that they had a high profile speaker and that there would be limited tickets so we didn’t invite all our friends and family to come,” said Becky DeRose, USC Senior.

DeRose and her classmate are both excited to see Vice President Joe Biden Speak and they understand that for security measures tickets must be limited.

Vice President Biden will address graduates at the 3 p.m. ceremony in the Colonial Life Arena that includes students from the Darla Moore School of Business, College of Mass Communications and Information Studies, College of Nursing, South Carolina College of Pharmacy and the Arnold School of Public Health.


Due to anticipated demand, tickets are required for everyone attending the 3 p.m. Bachelor’s & Master’s Ceremony on Friday, May 9. This includes graduates, their guests, the platform party and members of the faculty participating in the ceremony. Saturday graduates may attend but must also have a ticket.

Tickets will be issued April 24-25 from 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. at the ticket windows at Colonial Life Arena.

Any remaining tickets will be made available to Friday graduates beginning at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 28. You must present a typed list of your additional guests’ full names.

Prohibited and discouraged items:

• No signs, posters or noisemakers will be allowed.

• No backpacks, briefcases or laptops will be allowed.

• Purses and bags are discouraged and will be searched.

Important: Doors will be closed at 2:20 p.m. and everyone must be seated by 2:30 p.m. The ceremony will begin at 3 p.m.


Free parking and shuttles will begin at 10:30 a.m. from the following USC parking garages:

• Pendleton Street (enter from Pickens Street)

• Senate Street

• Horizon

• Discovery

Free parking will be available in the surface parking lots adjacent to Colonial Life Arena, however due to the limited number of surface spaces guests are strongly encouraged to make use of garages and free shuttle service.

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