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Commencement Information

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This is the College of Charleston's official commencement information site. Information about how to apply to graduate and about both Winter 2018 and Spring 2019 commencement ceremonies are listed below. We are excited to have you join us at one of our commencement ceremonies and hope you have a wonderful time! Please check back regularly. This page is updated throughout the year as additional information is available.

*NEW* Starting with the December 2018 Commencement, the College has implemented new bag check rules including a clear bag protocol for ALL attendees and students. Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed. Please read our Clear Bag Protocol and Prohibited Items List.


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graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony. Failure to complete the application promptly can result in a delay in both degree posting and diploma ordering, and it can also result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and ceremony ticket list. (Participation in commencement is assumed and encouraged, however, it is not mandatory.)

  » UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Go to the graduation application webpage.  

  » GRADUATE SCHOOL CANDIDATES: Go to the Graduate School graduation application webpage. 



Winter 2018 Commencement Ceremony

SATURDAY, December 15, 2018 

More Than 150 Earn Degrees at CofC’s Winter Commencement

Date and Times

SATURDAY, December 15, 2018 

All academic schools with candidates participate in one ceremony for the winter commencement exercises.
  • 12:30 pm: Doors open to guests. 
  • 12:30 pm: Master's degree candidates should assemble in Media Room, and all Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in practice gym.
  • 2:00 pm: Ceremony begins. 

Location

The Winter commencement ceremony will be held in the TD Arena, located at 301 Meeting St., and a ticket is required for admittance. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry.

For guests who can’t make it to campus, live video from each ceremony will be broadcast on the College’s Facebook page and at cofc.edu.

Admissions

Students receive TEN tickets for Winter Commencement. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the TD Arena. One commencement ticket per guest is required for entry. Tickets will be distributed electronically to graduation candidates during the Fall 2018 semester.  Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.

Security, Bag Check, and Prohibited Items

*NEW* In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, guests, and other visitors, the College of Charleston has implemented a Clear Bag Protocol for its ticketed events, including Commencement. Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed. Bags will be checked by security upon entry to the TD Arena. Please read our Prohibited Bags and Prohibited Items List (which includes, but is not limited to, alcohol, smoking, vaping, and weapons). Please note that the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus. 

For graduating students, there will be a bag check conducted by security before the ceremony in the student assembly area. Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed. Secure storage for personal effects will be provided, but you are advised to bring as few personal belongings as necessary. No bags will be allowed on stage. No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the assembly area. Please do not bring opened outside beverages because water will be provided on stage to graduates. The following items are prohibited: alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, and open, outside beverages. Please view the Alcohol Policy. Staff will monitor entrances and exits with support from Public Safety and our security team.

Speakers and Honorary Degrees

College of Charleston alumna Sabra Horne ’87, director of the Organizational Change Management Initiative under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, will be the commencement speaker. 

The College of Charleston will also present honorary degrees to philanthropists Dr. Neil Draisin ’67 and Carolyn Feinberg Draisin and former College of Charleston Board of Trustee Chair Greg Padgett ’79.

For more information, please visit the Commencement Speaker(s) and Honorary Degree Recipients.

Parking

Parking will be available at the following three CofC garages:

Fees for each garage will be reduced to $5 with a commencement program on December 15, 2018.

Inclement Weather

The Winter Commencement ceremony is indoors, so the location will not change in the event of rain. The College monitors the weather for commencement around the clock. If any ceremonies have to be moved due to weather, announcements will be made on cofc.edu, local TV and radio stations and social media. If commencement is moved due to inclement weather, only four ticketed guests per student will be admitted to the alternate location unless otherwise directed. Visit the inclement weather plan webpage for additional information. 

Additional Information

 


Spring 2019 Commencement Ceremonies

FRIDAY AND SATURDAY, May 10 and 11, 2019

Date and Times

There are three commencement ceremonies this year, broken up into groups based on a student’s academic school. Beforehand, graduating students must attend a mandatory rehearsal during the week before commencement. Each commencement will last about 2 1/2 hours and will begin at the following times:

4:00 PM, FRIDAY, May 10, 2019
Graduate School; School of Professional Studies; School of Humanities and Social Sciences

  • 2:30 pm: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open to guests. 
  • 2:30 pm: Master's degree candidates should assemble on the third floor of Robert Scott Small, and all Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall.
  • 4:00 pm: Ceremony begins. 

10:00 AM, SATURDAY, May 11, 2019
School of Business; School of the Arts

  • 8:30 am: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open. 
  • 9:00 am: All Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall.
  • 10:00 am: Ceremony begins. 

4:00 PM, SATURDAY, May 11, 2019
School of Sciences and Mathematics; School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs; School of Education, Health, and Human Performance

  • 2:30 pm: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open. 
  • 3:00 pm: All Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall.
  • 4:00 pm: Ceremony begins.

Location

Each Spring commencement ceremony is scheduled to be held in the Cistern Yard, located at 66 George St., but a ticket is required for admittance. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry.

There will also be four satellite viewing locations within a 100 yards of the Cistern, where additional guests can watch the ceremonies live. Tickets are not required for admission to these sites, all of which have air-conditioning and easily accessible restrooms. They are:

  • The Stern Student Center Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Stern Student Center at 71 George St.
  • Child-friendly rooms on the second floor of the Stern Student Center at 71 George St.
  • The Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St.
  • The Emmett Robinson Theatre at the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St.

For guests who can’t make it to campus, live video from each ceremony will be broadcast on the College’s Facebook page and at cofc.edu.

Admissions 

Students receive FOUR tickets for Spring Commencement. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the Cistern Yard. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry into the Cistern Yard. Tickets are not required for guest to enter designated satellite viewing locations. Tickets will be distributed electronically to graduation candidates during the Spring 2018 semester.  Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.

Security

In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, guests, and other visitors, the College of Charleston has implemented a Clear Bag Policy for its ticketed events, including Commencement. Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed. Bags will be checked by security upon entry to the TD Arena. Please read our policies on prohibited items (which includes, but is not limited to, alcohol, smoking, vaping, and weapons). Please note that the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus. 

For graduating students, there will be a bag check conducted by security before the ceremony in the student assembly area. Secure storage for personal effects will be provided, but you are advised to bring as few personal belongings as necessary. No bags will be allowed on stage. No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the assembly area. Please do not bring opened outside beverages because water will be provided on stage to graduates. The following items are prohibited: alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, and open, outside beverages. Please view the Alcohol Policy. Staff will monitor entrances and exits with support from Public Safety and our security team.

Additional Information