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What you need to know about graduation

Welcome Class of 2015!


This is your official Web page with all the information you need about class events and graduation. 


All applicants for Spring 2015 or Summer 2015 graduation will be eligible to participate in the 2015 May Commencement Ceremonies.  Students who graduated summer 2014 or fall 2014, who did not participate in a prior ceremony, will be eligible to participate in the May 2015 ceremony. Petitions to participate are no longer required, simply apply to graduate in the term you intend to complete degree requirements.

**Please be advised, participation in the May Ceremony does not equal graduation. Students must meet all graduation requirements before a degree is conferred.

(Commencement information for graduate students.)

Please note that as of July 1, 2014, the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus.

We are so excited to have you join us at one of our three Commencement ceremonies and hope you have a wonderful time! Please be aware that each ceremony is expected to last two and a half to three hours. If the prospect of three hours in the Charleston summer does not appeal to you, one of our several Satellite Locations will serve as a great way to view the ceremony in relative comfort.

May 2015 Commencement Information 

All three ceremonies will last 2 ½ - 3 hours, so guests should plan accordingly.

Graduates – a coat check area will be the only secure location for personal items. If possible, do not bring personal items (purse, sweater/jacket, etc.) with you. Guests who need assistance entering the Cistern Yard can be dropped off at the St. Philip Street gate.

May Commencement Ceremonies


Friday, May 15 & Saturday, May 16


College of Charleston Cistern, 66 George Street

Date, Time and School 

Friday, May 15 – 4:00 pm
Master's degree candidates from the Graduate School
Bachelor's degree candidates from the School of the Arts
Bachelor's degree candidates from the School of Education, Health and Human Performance (including the BS degree candidates for Public Health)
Bachelor's degree candidates from the Bachelor of Professional Studies Program (BPS)

Honorary Degree Recipient: Tony Meyer

Saturday, May 16 – 10:00 am
Bachelor's degree candidates from the School of Business
Bachelor's degree candidates from the School of Sciences and Mathematics*

*Students in the Computing in the Arts program will graduate with the School of Sciences and Mathematics

Honorary Degree Recipients: Steve and Emily Swanson

Saturday, May 16 – 4:00 pm
Bachelor’s degree candidates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (including the BA degree candidates for Public Health)
Bachelor’s degree candidates from the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

Honorary Degree Recipients: Sam and Gina Shapiro
Honorary Degree Recipient: Gilda Cobb-Hunter


Steve Swanson

Since graduating in 1989, Steve Swanson has become a leading donor and volunteer for the College of Charleston. He serves on the School of Business Board of Governors and on the Honors College Advisory Board. Steve also is a member of the College of Charleston Foundation Board of Directors, and served as its chair from 2008-2010.  Steve was recruited by President Benson to co-chair the College’s Comprehensive Fundraising Campaign; he was also a member of the Presidential Search Committee.

Steve and his wife, Emily Molony Swanson (also class of ’89), are the largest alumni donors to the College.  In 2012, they made a multi-million dollar commitment to establish the Swanson Family Endowed Scholarship at the College of Charleston.  A scholarship recipient himself, the purpose of this scholarship is to offset tuition expenses for students who qualify for the William Aiken Fellows Program in the Honors College. 

Steve has been integral in the cultivation, stewardship, and solicitation of top prospects.  His leadership as a professional and as an alumnus of the College led to his recognition as the Howard F. Rudd, Jr. Business Person of the Year by the Alumni Association in 2008 and as the first-ever recipient of the Honors College Distinguished Alumni Award in 2010. 

Mr. Swanson will be speaking at all three ceremonies.

Full Bio for Steve Swanson

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