Undergraduate Commencement

May 2024 Ceremonies


Winthrop will celebrate all May 2024 undergraduate degree recipients at the Commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 4, 2024 at the Winthrop Coliseum.

Time / Date

Tuesday, February 27, 2024 

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.


3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Grad Finale Event

Graduating seniors, during their final semester, are invited to come order their academic regalia (caps and gowns) and graduation announcements, learn about alumni resources, and more.

Winthrop Bookstore

Thursday, April 4, 2024

11:00 a.m.

Commencement 101 Virtual Information Session Event

Join the Office of Records and Registration to learn more about the Commencement ceremony!


(Zoom Link Coming Soon!)

Saturday, May 4, 2024
10:00 a.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

College of Arts and Sciences
College of Visual and Performing Arts

Winthrop Coliseum
1162 Eden Terrace

Saturday, May 4, 2024
3:00 p.m.

Undergraduate Commencement Ceremony

College of Business Administration
 College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences

Winthrop Coliseum
1162 Eden Terrace


The following information is tentative; all event details are subject to change.

Ceremony Details

    Parking for graduating students... is located in the north parking lot of the Coliseum. The Winthrop University Police Department will direct drivers to the nearest available parking spots.

    Parking for visitors... is located in the south parking lot of the Coliseum. There will be a designated parking space for special guests; all remaining parking space is for family and friends.

    Street Map

    Note: Parking off Winthrop property may result in your vehicle being towed.

    Morning Ceremony

    College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts

    Check in for the morning ceremony is from 8:30 a.m. and 9:15 a.m. Graduates will enter through the north tunnel of the Coliseum, dressed in their caps and gowns.

    Afternoon Ceremony

    College of Business Administration and College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences

    Check in for the afternoon ceremony is from 1:30 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Graduates will enter through the north tunnel of the Coliseum, dressed in their caps and gowns.


    Please Note:

    -- Only participating graduates are allowed in the Check-In Area! Make arrangements with family and friends to meet in a designated area after the ceremony.
    -- Personal belongings (purses, umbrellas) are not appropriate ceremonial dress. Make arrangements for personal items to be stored with family or friends before reporting to the Check-in Area.

    Check-in Procedures:

      • Upon arrival, report to the CHECK-IN TABLE of your College (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, or Visual and Performing Arts)
      • Each degree candidate will be given a NAME CARD with his or her name, seat number, and any honors he or she will receive. Do not lose or alter this card. This card is used to read your name as you walk across the stage.
      • SEATING AND READER CARD QUESTIONS: If you believe the information printed is incorrect, please bring this to the attention of the staff at the check-in area. There will be a "Seating and NAME Card" area for questions.
      • Add NAME Pronunciation : The name pronunciation will be available when you register to attend the commencmeent ceremony.  You will be able to indicate the phonetic pronunciation of your name to assist the reader.  
      • The name card contains your SEAT NUMBER in the arena. Once you receive your name card you will be directed to find your seat in the arena.
    • Upon arrival, report to the CHECK-IN TABLE of your College (Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, or Visual and Performing Arts)
    • Each degree candidate will be given two cards: a yellow NAME CARD and a white PHOTOGRAPHER CARD.  Each card will be printed with your name and line-up number.  The NAME CARD will also list any honors receieved.  Do not lose or alter these cards. The yellow card is used to read your name as you walk across the stage.
    • SEATING AND NAME CARD QUESTIONS (Optional): If you believe the information printed on the cards is incorrect, please bring this to the attention of the staff at the check-in area. There will be a table designated for questions and problems related to NAME CARDS and HONORS.  "
    • NAME PRONUNCIATION (Optional): The name readers will be available in the check in area if you have concerns regarding the pronunciation of your name.  You will be able to indicate the phonetic pronunciation of your name to assist the reader.
    • PHOTOGRAPHER: after checking in and receiving your cards, you will be directed to have your photo taken in a designated area.  The white PHOTOGRPHER CARD will be collected by the photographer; you will keep the yellow NAME CARD for the ceremony.
    • LINE-UP:  After checking in and having your photo taken, you should proceed to the east hallway where additional personnel will be present to assist you in locating your assigned position in line.
      • The yellow NAME CARD contains a line-up number that indicates your place in line.  You must line up according to this number.  There will be signs on the wall.  Please find the number signs that your number falls between and find your place in line.  For example, if your number is 10R, find the signs that show 1R and 11R; next, place yourself between them in line behind 9R and in front of 11R.
      • Line-Up must be organized and orderly to facilitate the timely beginning of the ceremony.

    The event is not ticketed. However, due to limited seating in the Coliseum, each graduate is asked to invite no more than EIGHT guests to the ceremony. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. In fairness to all guests, we ask that you not reserve seating.

    Family and friends of the graduates should enter the Coliseum through the upper concourse level and be seated by 9:40 a.m. for the 10:00 a.m. ceremony and 2:40 p.m. for the 3:00 p.m. ceremony.

    Balloons and balloon bouquets are not allowed in the arena as they may obstruct the view of other guests. Consider leaving these items in your car or having a member of your party wait outside until the ceremony concludes.

    For information on the Rock Hill area, including a list of local accommodations, check out the Winthrop Visitors' Center.

    Information regarding accessibility - including accessible parking, seating, and restrooms - can be found on the Accessibility page.

    Note: Accessible seating will be designated for guests, including the elderly, who may require accommodations. In order to ensure that accessible seating is available for those who need it, only one other person may accompany the individual to the accessible seating area (this will be enforced). Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis, so these individuals should plan to arrive by 9:30 a.m. for the 10:00 ceremony and 2:30 p.m. for the 3:00 ceremony.

    Graduates who require auxiliary aid or service identified in the Americans with Disabilities Act in order to participate in the ceremony may contact the Director of the Office of Accessibility at 803/323-3290 (V/TTD) or visit the office website for more information. 

    Commencement programs will be distributed at the ceremony. Each graduate will receive a copy of the program. A limited number of copies will be available in the upper concourse prior to the ceremony for family and friends.

    Programs will include the following information about the degree candidates:

    •  College
    •  Degree
    •  Name
    •  Latin Honors or Honors Recognition*

    A digital version of the program will be made available following the ceremony. 

    *Note: Commencement programs are printed the month prior to the ceremony before final grades are reported for the fall semester. Latin Honors and Honors Recognition designations in the program are based on the degree candidate's GPA from the previous semester (not including transfer work) and therefore may not reflect their actual honors award.

    The Commencement ceremony will be livestreamed on the Winthrop homepage for those who are unable to attend. (A video recording will be made available in the weeks following the ceremony.)

    Start of Ceremony

    The ceremonies will begin promptly at...

    10:00 a.m. for the College of Arts and Sciences and the College of Visual and Performing Arts, and

    3:00 p.m. for the Colleges of Business Administration and the Richard W. Riley College of Education, Sport, and Human Sciences

    Please be on time, as we cannot place students in seats after the ceremony begins.

    The Platform party will process in to the arena.

    Members of the procession and all guests will stand until after the National Anthem has been sung.

    Conferring of Degrees

    The academic deans will present the candidates for undergraduate degrees from their respective college to the Provost. Once all undergraduate degrees are conferred, the president will then instruct graduates to move their tassels from the right front side to the left front side of the cap.

    Marshals will then direct the movement of bachelor's degree recipients to the stage. Graduates will give their name cards to the reader when they reach the top of the ramp leading onto the stage. When their name is announced, they will cross the stage, receive their diploma cover from their academic dean and shake hands with the chair of the board of trustees and the president.

    Final Procession:

    Upon conclusion of the singing of the Alma Mater, the platform party will leave first, followed by the faculty. The graduates will exit under the direction of the Student Marshals. Please meet family and friends in the upper concourse or outside after the ceremony. The ceremony should last approximately an hour and a half.

    The Grad Team will be taking photos during the Commencement ceremony. Two photographs will be taken of each graduate: one with the President and the other a more posed shot in front of the Winthrop logo. The Grad Team will contact graduates following the ceremony with details regarding the purchase of photos.

    Guests may take their own photos and videos during the ceremony but may not block aisles or obstruct the view of other guests.

    The stage will be left intact for a short time following the ceremony for those guests who wish to take photographs.

    In the instance of extreme weather, unsafe road conditions, or natural disasters, the University will notify local media outlets regarding the feasibility of proceeding with the graduation ceremony as scheduled.

    1. QUESTION: Is there a certain color cap and gown we need to wear to walk at commencement?

    ANSWER: Yes- a black gown, cap and a Winthrop tassel. 


    1. QUESTION: Can we decorate our caps?

    ANSWER: Yes.  Only the flat top area of the cap may be decorated. Adornments must lay flat on the surface of the cap. Decorations cannot extend beyond the border of the cap or fall below the perimeter. Decorations may not include anything obscene, profane, vulgar or lewd.

    Any adornment or message on caps deemed inappropriate or determined to pose a safety risk or distraction will not be allowed.


    1. QUESTION: Will there be tickets for our guests?

    ANSWER:  NO.  There will not be any tickets for guests.  We ask that each graduate invites no more the EIGHT guests to ensure that we have enough seating.


    1. QUESTION: Will the commencement ceremony be livestreamed?

    ANSWER: Yes, Commencement Ceremony will be livestreamed on the Winthrop Website (link on main page) for the convenience of family and friends that cannot be in attendance.


    1. QUESTION: Will the commencement ceremonies be recorded?

    ANSWER: Yes, recordings of the livestream will be archived and available for viewing on YouTube in the week after the ceremony.


    1. QUESTION: Will there be a rehearsal?

    ANSWER: No, there will not be a rehearsal.


    1. QUESTION: When do the graduates have to move out of our residence halls?

    ANSWER:  The residence halls will close on Saturday, May 4 at 7:00 p.m.  If you have any questions, please contact Residence Life.


    1. QUESTION: If student is taking a course at another institution but will not be able to have an official transcript sent to Winthrop University in time before the commencement ceremony, will the student still be able to participate?

    ANSWER:  Our office will need to receive the grade from the institution’s Registrar’s office by Friday, May 3rd.  The grade must meet the degree requirements (minimum C-).  Once this is received and confirmed, the graduate will be able to participate in the ceremony. An official transcript should be sent to our office within 30 days after graduation.  Once an official transcript is received, the graduate’s diploma and digital diploma will be released.


    1. QUESTION: Does a graduate receive two honors if they are a double major or a dual degree?

    ANSWER:  No, a graduate that completes a double major or dual degree does not receive two honors.  The Cumulative GPA of all work completed is what determines academic honors eligibility.


    1. QUESTION: Are graduates allowed to wear international/country stoles?

    ANSWER:  Graduates may wear only cords and stoles that are Winthrop approved----this includes honor societies and student organizations.  Please check with our vendor Oak Hall and/or the Winthrop bookstore about specific stoles that are available. Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Nobles) — 803/323-3800 or order online here through our vendor, Oak Hall.



Information for Graduating Students

    Caps and Gowns

    Commencement ceremony participants must wear the appropriate academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) distributed through the Winthrop Bookstore. Graduates who arrive wearing the wrong regalia will need to purchase the proper attire to participate in the ceremony.

    The deadline to order caps and gowns is April 7, 2024.

    For information regarding the purchase of caps and gowns, please call the Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) at 803/323/-3800 or visit winthrop.shopoakhalli.com

    Cords and Stoles

    Graduates may wear cords representing University-recognized academic honor societies and stoles representing Winthrop organizations.

    Graduates who receive Latin Honors (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude) or Honors Recognition will receive a gold honor cord to wear during the Commencement ceremony. This will be presented to them during check-in for the ceremony.

    Men should remove caps during the singing of the national anthem and the Alma Mater.

    May graduates participating in Commencement will be presented with a diploma cover on stage during the ceremony.

    For information regarding the receiving of diplomas, visit the Graduation page.

    May graduates who receive academic honors will receive an e-mail the Friday before Commencement notifying them of their honors award.

    For information regarding honors eligibility, visit the Graduation page.

    The official ring of Winthrop University is reserved exclusively for alumni, graduate students who have completed at least 18 credit hours, and undergraduate students of junior or senior standing who have completed at least 54 credit hours.

    For information regarding ring purchases and graduation announcements, call Josten's at 1-800- 854-7464.

    For information regarding the ring ceremony, contact the Alumni Association.


Contact Information

For information on...


Graduation Status/Eligibility

Records and Registration — 803/323-2194

Caps and Gowns Winthrop Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) — 803/323-3800 or order online here through our vendor, Oak Hall
Graduation Announcements order online through Jostens
Diplomas, Commencement Program and Ceremony Associate Regisrar — 803/323-4839
Academic Honors Associate Registrar — 803/323-4839
Accessibility Services for Graduates Office of Accessibility — 803/323-3290
Photographs The Grad Team Photography — https://thegradteam.com/