Commencement Instructions

COMMITMENT TO SAFETY AND COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

  • Due to health and safety concerns, facial coverings must remain on at all times. 
  • Clear Bag Policy: To provide a safer experience and smooth entry, only clear bags will be allowed into the fairgrounds. Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12"x6"x 12" are allowed. 
  • Small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5" x 6.5" in size, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the fairgrounds with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • During the ceremony, once directed by a marshal, graduates will approach the stage in a socially distanced line. 
  • Hand sanitizer will be available throughout the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds for graduates, guests and staff.
  • The venue will be disinfected and sanitized before the ceremony.


commencement tickets

Tickets are for all eligible candidates for Spring 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021’s April commencement ceremony. 

  • An email message with a link to registration information will be sent to all candidates during the week of April 5, 2021. 
  • Students are required to register online so that tickets may be distributed directly to each graduate. The graduate will be responsible for distributing their 3 guest tickets. 
  • The graduate will be able to forward the tickets to their guests. All graduates and guests (including babies and small children) will need an electronic or printed ticket to enter the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds.
  • Each graduate who has registered for the ceremony will receive four (4) electronic tickets, three (3) for their guests and one (1) for the graduate.
  • Tickets are electronic (Eventbrite) and will be sent to the graduate’s Claflin email address. 

For family and friends that are unable to attend, the ceremony will be livestreamed on Claflin’s website at Claflin.edu. 



Graduate Information arrival and location

Commencement will be held at the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds at 350 Magnolia St. Orangeburg, SC 29115.  The Orangeburg County Fairgrounds will open at 7:00 a.m. for graduates and guests to park. All guests are strongly encouraged to arrive together as they will be seated together and parking is limited. A host or hostess will guide you to your seating. Families are required to sit together in social distanced locations.

  • Gates will open at 7:00 a.m. for parking. 
  • Graduates will be allowed to enter the fairgrounds for line up at 8:30 a.m. 
  • Parking is free inside of the fairgrounds and limited to first come, first served. We strongly encourage you to travel in one car. 
  • Claflin Public Safety along with Orangeburg City and County Public Safety will be on ground to ensure a smooth entry and successful commencement ceremony. 
  • Clear Bag Policy: To provide a safer experience and smooth entry, only clear bags will be allowed into the fairgrounds. Clear plastic, vinyl or PVC bags that do not exceed 12" x 6" x 12" are allowed. 
  • Small clutch bags, which cannot exceed 4.5" x 6.5" in size, with or without a handle or strap can be taken into the fairgrounds with one of the clear plastic bags.
  • All attendees – including children and the physically challenged – must have tickets to enter the fairgrounds.

 

ceremony information

  • Graduates should wear their Graduation Regalia—cap, gown, tassel— to the ceremony. Please be fully dressed before entering the fairgrounds.
  • Once inside the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds, graduates will be given their name cards and lined up for procession. Please note, graduates will be standing until they are able to process into the ceremony. Wear comfortable shoes! (Please be mindful that the ceremony is outdoors and you will have to walk on uneven ground and pavement.)
  • 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 with President Warmack on the stage. This photograph will be staged six feet apart.  
  • Due to health and safety concerns, facial coverings must remain on at all times and there will be no handshake with the president. Photos will be made available to the graduate on Claflin’s website.

 

graduate INFORMATION

  • The lineup for Commencement will begin at 8:30 a.m. 
  • The marshals are your guide for the ceremony.
  • Graduates and guests will be required to wear face coverings/coverings at all times while inside the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds.
  • minimum of 6 feet of distance between groups of guests will be strictly enforced inside and outside the Orangeburg County Fairgrounds.
  • The ceremony will be livestreamed and recorded for the convenience of those who cannot be in attendance.
  • Males are to take off their hats when the colors are posted; keep them off until it is time to get your degree conferred.
  • You will be presented to the President; after Dr. Warmack says “with all rights appertaining thereto,” you will turn right and face the marshal and move into the aisles and proceed to the stage. You will give the announcer your name card.
  • After the benediction, a musical chord will be played signaling when to stand and a second chord signaling when to turn for the recessional. Follow the marshals. They will guide you from the rows.

 

Enrollment Management Information

  • All graduation regalia will be mailed directly from Jostens. Honor stoles will also be mailed from Claflin University or Honor stoles will be handed out by your Dean prior to the Commencement Ceremony during the graduation line-up time.
  • Academic honors – Summa Cum Laude is 3.90-4.00; Magna Cum laude is 3.75-3.89; Cum Laude is 3.50-3.74. Transfer or Continuing Education students who enter with an advanced standing are eligible for graduation with Magna Cum Laude or Cum Laude honors under the same grade-point ratio required of regular students.
  • Diplomas well be handed out immediately after the ceremony in a designated area at the Fairgrounds. If you want your degree mailed, please send an e-mail to sbriggman@claflin.edu and/or tbeard@claflin.edu with your complete mailing address.
  • Please be reminded, if you fail any major courses you will not be issued your diploma. If you have a financial obligation to the University, you will not be issued your diploma on Saturday.
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