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University of South Carolina Parent E-news: May 2017
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The academic year is winding down after another great semester at UofSC! Students are nearing the end of finals, which conclude May 3. 

If your student is headed home for the summer, we recommend communicating any expectations about their time at home prior to their arrival. Communication is key for a smooth transition into the summer months.

If your student has plans to stay in Columbia for the summer, make sure they have finalized living arrangements. Encourage them to look into the options for summer housing on campus.

Stay connected with the Office of Parents Programs; make sure to like us on Facebook , follow us on Instagram  and visit the Parents Programs website  for timely posts and monthly tips to supplement this newsletter. 

Pictured above: The University of South Carolina celebrated Awards Day on April 20. Over 300 students were honored with awards during the celebratory ceremony. 
Parents Programs 2016-2017 survey
What do you think about the services the Office of Parents Programs provides for parents and families of University of South Carolina undergraduate students? We want to hear from you! We value your feedback and want to improve what we do for you.

Click here to complete the survey, and tell us how we are doing. Please complete the survey by May 15. Thank you for your time and input. 
Parents Weekend 2017
Mark your calendar for Parents Weekend 2017 , to be held Oct. 6-8! Registration is required.

More information about the schedule and registration will be made available in the coming months. Please continue to visit the Office of Parents Programs website throughout the spring and summer as you prepare for an unforgettable Gamecock weekend.  
2017 Commencement
Commencement exercises for the University of South Carolina Class of 2017 will be held May 5-6. If your student is graduating, we suggest you begin reviewing the information below to be sure you are prepared for the big day. Additionally, now is a good time to make hotel and meal reservations for the weekend.

Commencement information
Places to stay and eat
General information about commencement
Times and locations of the ceremonies

Live stream

For those who cannot attend, the undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be live streamed here. 

Grad Dine
My Carolina Alumni Association invites graduating spring 2017 students, families and friends to dine at the USC Alumni Center before or after commencement. Take the hassle out of finding a reservation, and celebrate by either attending a seated dinner on Friday, May 5 at 6 p.m. or lunch on Saturday, May 6 at noon. Registration and full details are available here. My Carolina looks forward to welcoming the class of 2017 into the alumni family!
University Housing news
End of year reminder
All students should plan to move out of their residence halls within 24 hours after their final exam and no later than May 4 at 10 a.m.

Fall 2017 Move-In
University Housing is pleased to welcome parents and students home this fall on Tuesday, Aug. 22. Discover more about Move-In 2017 by clicking here.

Questions? Visit the University Housing website or call 803-777-4283.
From the Bursar's Office
Summer tuition payment information
Summer tuition bills are available on Self Service Carolina (SSC) for students who have registered for classes. The mail-in deadline for summer tuition payments is May 17. The deadline for walk-in and online payments is June 1.  

Students who will use 529 education savings and trust funds should send a copy of their tuition statement to their plan administrator immediately to ensure funds are disbursed and arrive before the deadline. Payment plan options are available if needed and can be processed via SSC. Please note that payment is due immediately for students who register after the payment deadline.

Payment deadline for fall 2017
Tuition and fees for fall 2017 are due by 5 p.m. on Aug. 17.

Bills will be available for view on Self Service Carolina in mid-July. Students can estimate their fall bill by reviewing the
2016-2017 tuition and fee schedule . Rates are subject to change and information for the 2017-2018 academic term will be posted following the Board of Trustees budget approval in late June.

For more information from the Office of the Bursar, click here
Opportunities to share with your student
Russell House Study Union
The Russell House Study Union will be held April 26-May 4. During that time, the Russell House will be open until 2 a.m. for students to study and attend de-stress events throughout the week. Free coffee and snacks are offered most evenings after 8 p.m. The "Russell House Review," which offers free massages and late night breakfast, will take place April 26 from 10 p.m. to midnight on the Russell House 2nd floor. The Student Success Center  staff and faculty will be present to provide study sessions throughout the building for students. Students will have the opportunity to print and copy materials for free at the information desk in Russell House.

Sorority recruitment
Registration for Panhellenic recruitment has opened online and will remain open until Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. (EST). Sorority recruitment will be held Thursday, Aug. 17 to Sunday, Aug. 27. In order to guarantee access to assigned on-campus housing prior to the university move-in date of Aug. 22, students should plan to register by Aug 1. After Aug. 1, there is no guarantee that on-campus housing will be ready and students should anticipate finding alternative housing accommodations until university Move-In on Aug. 22. 

Registration dates and fees are as follows:
Early Bird Registration: May 1-31 at 5 p.m. (EST) $150
Regular Registration: June 1-31 at 5 p.m. (EST) $175
Late Registration: July 1-Aug. 8 at 5 p.m. (EST) $200

Give It Up For Good
The Give It Up For Good program runs through May 6. Donations of clothing, shoes and accessories; food and plastic bags; household goods; furniture; and appliances will be collected in most residence hall lobbies as students move out. Food and plastic bags will be donated to Harvest Hope Food Bank and all other items will be sold at a yard sale to benefit Habitat for Humanity. The yard sale will take place on May 20 from 7 a.m. to noon.

Carolina Cash deposits for summer students and refunds for graduating seniors
If your student is staying around campus to take summer classes, Carolina Cash can be added to their CarolinaCard through Self Service Carolina . Graduating seniors with Carolina Cash still on their CarolinaCard will receive a refund automatically, which will be mailed to the permanent address on file. Questions can be directed to the CarolinaCard Office at 803-777-1708.

Freshman and transfer student orientation
Orientation is required for all newly-admitted students and is designed to help students in their transition to the university. Parents and guests of new students are invited to a specialized orientation program that runs concurrent with the New Student Orientation sessions. For more information, click here .  
University news updates
UN secretary-general to speak at May 6, 3 p.m. commencement
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will receive an honorary degree and deliver special remarks to graduates as part of the University of South Carolina's commencement ceremony on May 6 at the Colonial Life Arena.  Read more>>>

Top students honored at annual Awards Day ceremony

The University of South Carolina presented its top honors, the Algernon Sydney Sullivan and Steven N. Swanger awards, to three graduating seniors during the university's annual Awards Day ceremony on the historic Horseshoe.  Read more>>>

New dean named for College of Social Work
The University of South Carolina has named Sarah Gehlert as the dean of the College of Social Work. Gehlert comes to Carolina from Washington University in St. Louis, where she was the E. Desmond Lee Professor of Racial and Ethnic Diversity.  Read more>>>

Championship celebration
The city of Columbia threw a parade for the NCAA National Champion Gamecocks. The women's basketball team rode down Main Street on a variety of vehicles to the Statehouse for a celebration. Read more>>>

Stay updated on the latest   University of South Carolina news .
Important upcoming dates
April 26-May 3: Final exams
May 5-6: Commencement
July 4: Independence Day (no classes)
July 15: Last day to apply for August graduation (note that there is no summer commencement)
Aug. 17: Payment deadline for fall 2017
Aug. 22: Move-In
Aug. 23: New Student Convocation
Aug. 24: First day of classes
Please continue to visit our website for information and resources at www.sa.sc.edu/parents . As always, we are only a phone call or email away, and we encourage your feedback!

Office of Parents Programs
University of South Carolina
Website:
www.sa.sc.edu/parents  
Parents Assistance Line: 1-800-868-6752
Email:
scparents@sc.edu
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