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Commencement at the College of Charleston is a special time. For decades, the spring commencement ceremonies have taken place in the Cistern Yard where ancient live oak trees draped with Spanish moss set the stage, and Randolph Hall – the College’s oldest building — provides a fitting backdrop.

Crossing the Cistern as graduates do in the spring is a symbolic tradition at the College. At our spring commencement ceremonies, graduates wear white; women traditionally wear white dresses and carry roses while men wear white dinner jackets. Winter commencement ceremonies are held indoors at TD Arena, and the dress code is black attire, black dresses traditionally for women and black tuxedos for men.

Commencement Schedule

Friday, May 11, 2017 4:00 pm
Graduate School; School of the Arts; School of Education, Health and Human Performance; and School of Professional Studies

Saturday, May 12, 2017 10:00 am
School of Business, School of Sciences and Mathematics

Saturday, May 12, 2017 4:00 pm
School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

READ: 2018 Spring Commencement: Everything You Need to Know

GO TO: Detailed Commencement and Graduation Information