Caps, Gowns & Honor Cords


2021 Commencement regalia is made of a higher quality fabric that includes red tabs embroidered with the seal of the University of South Carolina. Regalia from USCB ceremonies prior to 2011 or regalia purchased from other USC system campuses may not match our current standard. Graduate candidates who are attending the Commencement ceremony must be wearing USCB approved regalia in order to participate.

Students, click here.
Faculty/Staff, click here.

Graduating Student Regalia

Grad Fair

Grad Fair at the Shark's Cove Bookstore
Thursday, March 25th, 2021: 10 am - 3 pm
Friday, March 26th, 2021: 10 am - 3 pm

If you're not wearing the correct regalia, you may not be able to walk.

Deadline for regalia orders online is April 7th, 2021.
Information on USCB's Commencement Regalia/Stole/Cord policy can be found here.

Announcements and Class Rings

  • Payment is due at the time Announcements or Class Rings are ordered, either at the Grad Fair or online.
  • After the Grad Fair, Announcement or Class Ring orders must be submitted online at or call (877) 225-3687.
  • All Class Rings will be delivered to your home address.
  • Class rings may be purchased at any time through Balfour, visit or call (877) 225-3687.

Questions? Please contact Julie Lowrance at (843) 208-8020,, or

Graduation with Honors

Graduation with honors will be based on a minimum of 60 Institutional credit hours and the associated GPA listed below. This calculation will include all institutional credits attempted, not just those submitted in fulfillment of graduation requirements.

Summa Cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.95-4.00
Magna Cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.75-3.949
Cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.50-3.749

Kia Holding Staff

Honors Cords

Degree candidates, who are eligible for the distinction of graduating with "cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude" honors, are entitled to wear gold honor cords as part of their commencement regalia.

The Registrar's Office verifies the honors a student has received and provides the bookstore with a current list of candidates eligible to wear honor cords in the commencement ceremony. Any questions regarding a candidate’s eligibility for honors should be addressed by the registrar’s Office: (843) 208-8050.

Shark's Cove Bookstore distributes the honor cords to the recipients of "cum laude, magna cum laude and summa cum laude" honors. For more information, please contact Julie Lowrance at (843) 208-8020, or or on Twitter: @SharksCoveBooks.

Faculty/Staff Regalia

2021: If you need to rent regalia, please see Julie in the Shark's Cove Bookstore.