Commencement Regalia


Regalia (Cap, Gown, Tassel):

2014 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.
Please complete the  ACADEMIC REGALIA ORDER FORM and fax it to Shark's Cove Bookstore at 843-208-8920 or deliver it in person at the bookstore's Hilton Head Gateway Campus location (Campus Center Building).  When you place your order, you will have two (2) choices for shipping:  UPS ground or pick-up at Hilton Head Gateway Campus Bookstore (Bluffton).
Deadline for regalia orders (for students and faculty) through the Bookstore is MARCH 1ST!! After March 1st, you must order online.
For Honor Society Regalia, please fill out this online application.
Deadline for regalia orders online  is APRIL 20th!! 

Announcements and Class Rings: 

Payment is due at the time the Regalia order is placed.
Expected receipt date April 1, 2014
After March 1, 2014 orders must be submitted online.
Online order deadline is April 20, 2014.

Announcement: 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 is based on a student's cumulative and USC GPAs. The cumulative GPA does include transfer work completed at other institutions. To receive honors at the time of graduation, both the cumulative and USC GPAs must be above a 3.50. To graduate with such honors, a student must have earned at least 30 credit hours applicable toward the degree in residence at the University. Courses taken at other institutions, by correspondence, by examination, or by exemption are not considered in residence.

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

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 to the Registrar's Office at 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