Saturday, May 7
The Sparrow Hall Plaza
Rain location: Bridges Arena
Spartanburg Methodist College has one Commencement ceremony at the end of spring semester each year. Participation in the ceremony requires a cumulative 2.0 or higher GPA, and is available to May graduates and potential Summer School graduates. Summer School graduates can lack no more than eight hours of degree requirements, and must be pre-registered in the College’s Summer School. December graduates from the prior year are also invited to participate in the ceremony. The student’s last classes must be in residence at Spartanburg Methodist College to qualify for participation in the ceremony.
Potential graduates must attend the Graduates’ Meeting in early February to order their cap / gown for the ceremony. Instructions will be included in the cap / gown packet for graduates.
Parents and Visitors Attending Commencement Services:
Students may invite six guests to attend the Commencement program. Family members are encouraged to arrive at the plaza in front of Sparrow Hall and to be seated at least 30 minutes before the ceremony begins.
In the event of rain, the ceremony will take place in the Jesse L. Bridges Arena, with overflow seating in Camak Auditorium (where families may see the ceremony via live video feed). Students will be notified via email of any change in Commencement location. The college will also post rain location information on this website and social media.
Guests who prefer to sit inside (even if the weather is fair) may view the ceremony from Camak Auditorium.
Campus Safety officers will direct disabled guests to accessible parking in the Bridges parking lot.
Parents and guests staying overnight in the Spartanburg area for our commencement services or a visit to SMC may find accommodations available at any one of a number of hotels. For more information, view our Local Lodging page.
Photographs from 2016 Commencement:
Photographs from Commencement are available from Hefner Photography. Look for the SMC Graduation 2016 link. The password is “smc”.