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.
APPLY TO GRADUATE:
Seniors completing degree requirements in Spring 2015 (101 Earned Hours required): Application open now--Deadline February 1, 2015. Go directly to: http://registrar.cofc.edu/graduation/application.php for all information, contacts, and access to MyCharleston.
Seniors completing degree requirements in Summer 2015 (92 Earned Hours required): Application open on February 9--Deadline March 15, 2015. Go directly to: http://registrar.cofc.edu/graduation/application.php for all information, contacts, and access to MyCharleston.
Important: Before you can submit your graduation application, you will be directed to acknowledge you have read, and agree to abide by, the College’s “Graduation Drug & Alcohol Policy” (GDAP). You must sign off on this regardless of your intent to participate in the ceremony. You MUST return to the application AFTER you submit the GDAP. You may check to ensure your application was successfully submitted by “viewing” your graduation application (see directions below).
Late Applications: Applications submitted after the deadline are not available online; send an email to email@example.com for a paper form. Late applicants will be charged a $25.00 late fee in addition to the regular graduation fee.
NEW RULES FOR PARTICIPATION IN 2015 MAY COMMENCEMENT CEREMONY:
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 and the diploma awarded.**
Congratulations to all of our Winter 2014 graduates!! We are so excited and proud of you and your accomplishments! See below for a few highlights from the Winter 2014 ceremony.
Please note that as of July 1, 2014, the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus.
NOTE: At the end of the ceremony, students have 20 minutes to take pictures at the stage before the stage will be broken down. Afterwards, students should proceed directly to the Cistern Yard to meet friends and family for the reception. To avoid congestion, students are asked to refrain from going to Meeting Street and the front entrance of TD Arena. Thank you for your cooperation.
May 2015 Commencement Information
There will be three ceremonies in Spring, 2015
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
Bachelor's degree candidates from the Bachelor of Professional Studies Program (BPS)
Ceremonies will last 2 - 2 1/2 hours (morning) and 2 1/2 - 3 hours (afternoon). A coat check area will be the only secured location. If possible, do not bring personal items. Personal items you bring should be checked at the secure area. Individuals with handicaps may enter the Cistern Yard from the side entrance on St. Philip Street.
If you are graduating senior and identify as either LGBTQQAIP or a supportive student or campus Ally, you
should participate in the 2nd SafeZone Lavender Celebration. What is the Lavender Celebration?
LC is the College of Charleston’s LGBT annual graduation celebration for LGBTQQAIP undergraduate and graduate/professional students as well as their supportive allies. Similar to CofC’s Nia Rite of Passage, LC honors students from within our LGBTQQAIP and Ally community to commemorate their contributions to the College of Charleston community.