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December Commencement Tickets   

Graduates for the December 2019 Commencement will receive [TBD] TICKETS for the TD Arena

Information will be available in November/December 2019.

Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the TD Arena. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry into the TD Arena. Tickets are not required for guest to enter designated satellite viewing locations. Tickets are reserved by students on MyCharleston and distributed digitally to graduation candidates during the semester. Please see below for ticket reservation details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets. Please check this page regularly for updates.


May Commencement Tickets

May 2020 Commencement Ticket TBD

All information below is for he previous Commencement May, 2019


Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the Cistern Yard. Students receive FOUR electronic tickets for Spring Commencement. 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 are reserved by students on MyCharleston and distributed digitally to graduation candidates during the semester. Please see below for ticket reservation details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets. Please check this page regularly for updates.

Ticket Portal Dates and Times

**The Commencement Ticket site is open 2:00 PM, April 18 through 12:00 PM, May 9.** 

March 20 at 12:00 PM EDT  "Multiple Major Undergraduate Candidate" Forms were sent to your college email address.

April 11 at 12:00 PM EDT    Ticket Portal malfunctioned. (All tickets reserved during the malfunction on April 11 are INVALID. Please see our note below.)

April 18 at 2:00PM EDT       Ticket Portal (re)opens on "Commencement Ticket" channel located on the Academic Services Tab in MyCharleston.

May 9 at 10:00 AM EDT       "Multiple Major Undergraduate Candidate" Forms close.

May 9 at 12:00 PM EDT       Commencement Ticket channel will close at noon. 


BONUS: One (1) extra ticket if you are one of the FIRST 300 in each ceremony to sign up for tickets (Total of FIVE (5) Tickets)! You will only sign up for four tickets initially, but will receive an updated confirmation with your fifth ticket by April 25, 2019 at 5:00 PM if you are one of the first 300 in your ceremony. Please do not email RSVP3 inquiring if you won. Emails received inquiring if you were one of the first 300 will not be answered.

NOTE: Undergraduate multiple major candidates, please read the first bullet point below before you complete your reservation.


Ticket Information

  • If you are a multiple major undergraduate candidate, please read the following important information before you complete your ticket reservation:
    • Undergraduate Candidates with multiple majors (2 or more), must complete the Multiple Major form emailed to your official college email address. If you are an undergraduate with a single major, or a graduate student with single or multiple major(s), this does not apply to you.  
    • The Multiple Major form must be completed before you can reserve your tickets. If you select your multiple major after 5 PM EST on Wednesday, April 17, your name will not be added to the ticket portal until Friday April 19.
    • Once you log in with your CWID, the form will list your eligible majors. Immediately below that list, you will see a drop down menu that lists all majors the College offers.  Please select one of your eligible majors. Note: once you submit the form, you cannot make any changes. You will not be able to access this form if you change your mind later. If you select an ineligible major (one you have not declared or not completed), you will not be added to the Commencement Ticket list until the error is corrected. You will receive an email prompting you to correct the error. By selecting one of your majors, you will be selecting the ceremony you must attend. You may only participate in one ceremony, and you may not participate with schools/majors other than your own.
    • If you fill out the Multiple Major form after the ticket channel opens at 2:00 PM EDT on Thursday, April 18, please allow us time to process it. Your name will be added to the ticket list on the following Tuesday or Thursday by 6:00 PM EDT. Once we reach the week of May 6, we will add your name daily by 6:00 PM EDT. If you send the form on Thursday, May 9, we will add your name at 11:00 AM EDT (this is not recommended as you will only have one hour to reserve your tickets before the portal closes).
  • To reserve your tickets, students log in to MyCharleston and select the Academic Services Tab and click the link in the "Commencement Tickets" Channel. 

  • Please note that the tickets you receive for your guests are unique to each ceremony and are not interchangeable.
  • As a Candidate you do not need a ticket for commencement, but every other person, regardless of age, needs a ticket to enter Cistern Yard.

  • You may only sign up for tickets once. You will not be able to access the ticket portal to make changes or request more tickets.  Please select the maximum number of tickets you will ultimately need. 

  • The name on the ticket and the name of the guest do not need to match.  Guests will not be asked to produce identification. If you do not know the names of any or all of your guests, fill in your name on any or all of your tickets followed by “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” so you can keep track of which ticket is for each of your guests.

  • You will receive an email confirmation once you complete the ticket form.  This confirmation can be used to print or transmit the electronic tickets to your guests. You may also print or transmit the electronic tickets from the ticket form immediately after completion.  Please be aware of the fact that scanning technology will not allow for duplicates. So if the same ticket is mistakenly sent to more than one person, only the first guest presenting the ticket will be admitted.  Tickets with QR codes that have been altered or tickets where the QR code is not visible will not be accepted for entry. If the QR code is not visible on your ticket, please see step by step instructions  at Ticket QR Code Help.

  • Your guests may present a printed copy of the ticket (with QR code visible) or an electronic ticket (with QR code visible) via device when entering Cistern Yard for the first time.  Please have these open and ready to be scanned. If you leave Cistern Yard, you must first obtain the official hand-stamp and it must be visible for re-entry.

  • Buyer beware warning!  Only tickets obtained through the official College of Charleston Commencement ticket process are guaranteed to be authentic.  If you purchase or acquire tickets from another source, you are solely responsible for verifying the authenticity. Guests presenting tickets with unreadable or altered QR Codes or QR Codes that have already been scanned will be refused admission. There will be no exceptions.

  • If you have a question that is not addressed above, please send an email to rsvp3@cofc.edu.  You will receive an answer to any question not addressed above.

NOTE: Please accept our apology for the third party ticket vendor not being able to handle the volume of users and their website crashing when the ticket portal originally opened on April 11. We had assurances from them that they could handle the volume, but that did not happen. In order to make the process as fair as possible for everyone, we performed a complete reset of the process. If you were able to sign up for tickets, those are NOT valid. Everyone will be able to sign up for tickets starting Thursday, April 18, at 2:00 PM EST. The first 300 in each ceremony to signup when the ticketing portal opens on April 18 will receive an additional ticket. You will only receive four initially, but winners will be contacted by Thursday, April 25 by 5:00 PM with your additional ticket. Eligible candidates will  receive an email outlining the above process. Again, we apologize for this inconvenience. **


How do my guests use their tickets? 

Your guests may present a printed copy of the ticket (with QR code visible) or an electronic ticket (with QR code visible) via device when entering the ceremony venue for the first time (ticketed venues are the Cistern Yard in May and TD Arena in December). If the QR code is not visible on your ticket, please click here to see for step by step instructions. Please have tickets open and ready to be scanned. During the May ceremony, if you leave Cistern Yard, you must first obtain the official hand-stamp, and it must be visible for re-entry.

*WARNING*  Only tickets obtained through the official College of Charleston Commencement ticket process are guaranteed to be authentic.  If you purchase or acquire tickets from another source, you are solely responsible for verifying the authenticity. Guests presenting tickets with unreadable or altered QR Codes or QR Codes that have already been scanned will be refused admission. There will be no exceptions.

How many tickets will each graduating student recieve?

Graduate participating in a May 2019 ceremony will receive 4 TICKETS free of charge for the Cistern Yard.

Graduates who participate in the December 2018 ceremony received 10 TICKETS free of charge for the TD Arena. 

Bonus tickets may be awarded to students at graduation related meetings or through our ticket giveaways (see above). 

Before reserving tickets, how can a student determine if they are eligible for the ceremony? 

Please view the Commencement Ceremony Eligibility page to determine if you will be eligible for this ceremony and will be included on the list. 

Is there a charge for tickets?

There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets. 

If you purchase or acquire tickets from another source, you are solely responsible for verifying the authenticity. 

Who needs a ticket?

As a Candidate, you do not need a ticket for commencement, but every other person/child/baby, regardless of age, needs a ticket to enter the ceremony venue. (For Spring Commencement, tickets are not needed for satellite locations.)

Where can additional guests watch the ceremony?

The ceremonies will also be live streamed on the website at http://www.cofc.edu.

For the Spring Commencement only, alternative viewing outside of the Cistern Yard is provided in our satellite locations. Tickets are not required for guests to watch the ceremony at satellite locations. 

How are tickets distributed?

Please see the detailed dates and information provided above on this page about reserving electronic tickets online. 

To reserve your tickets, log in to MyCharleston > Academic Services Tab > Commencement Tickets > TICKET REQUEST. Reserve your tickets by the specified deadline.

If I am a double (or multiple) major, how do I reserve tickets?

See student instructions above. Select one of your majors from the drop-down menu on the Ticket Request Form. For Winter Commencement, there is one ceremony for all majors. 

How do I ensure a QR code is visible on a printed or electronic ticket?

Click on the “View and print your tickets” link in your confirmation email. Make sure images are enabled in your email provider. Detailed instructions are outline below. 

Gmail
  1. Open Gmail
  2. In the top right, click Settings
  3. Click Settings.
  4. Scroll down to the "Images" section.
  5. Select Always display external images or Ask before displaying external images. If you chose the "Ask before displaying external images" setting, messages that have images will have a "Display images below" option.
  6. At the bottom of the page, click Save Changes.
Yahoo
  1. Click the "Options" link on the yellow alert bar.
  2. Click "Spam" on the left sidebar in the Mail Options screen that opens.
  3. Check on one of the following options in the SpamGuard section: "Always show images, except in Spam folder" or "Show images only from my contacts."
  4. Click the "Save Changes" button when finished.
AOL Webmail
  1. Display images for individual email: At the top of the email, click For this message.
  2. You will see this note at the top of the email – "Show images: for this message | always for this sender."
Mac Mail  
  1. Select Preferences.
  2. Click on Viewing.
  3. Place a checkmark for Display remote images in email.
  4. Click Save.
iPhone/iPod/iPad
  1. Select the My Settings icon.
  2. From the Settings menu on the left, select Mail > Contacts > Calendars.
  3. On the right it will say Mail. Go to Load Remote Images and move the bar to the ON setting.
Hotmail/Windows Live
  1. Open the desired message.
  2. Click Show content in the yellow security bar right at the top of the message.

If you still cannot see the QR code clearly, please contact HelpDesk@cofc.edu (843.953.3375).


Additional Questions about Tickets?

If you have a question that is not addressed above, please send an email to rsvp3@cofc.edu.  Due to the volume of emails received, please note that we prioritize answering questions that are not already addressed in the above FAQ. If you need additional assistance with a commencement related questions, please visit the contact us page. 


December Commencement Tickets

Graduates for the December 2019 Commencement will receive [TBD] TICKETS for the TD Arena

Information will be available in November/December 2019.