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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.

GO TO: Current Commencement Schedule & Graduation Information

GO TO: Archive of Commencement Webcasts

NEW: Clear Bag Protocol (Effective December 2018)

If you will be attending a College of Charleston Commencment ceremony, please take the time to read the NEW Clear Bag Protocol, which is in effect starting this Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony for ALL attendees. This will be incorporated with the Bag Check upon entry into Commencement venues.