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Senior Information

What you need to know about your senior year and graduation

Welcome Class of 2014!

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

The ceremonies will be streamed live online. A link to the video will be on the College of Charleston website home page.

2014 Commencement Guide: Click Here

Baccalaureate Service

Thursday, May 8th 6:30 – 7:30 pm  - Main Campus -  Simons Center  - Recital Hall

This is a long-standing non-denominational faith-based service held during commencement weekend (Thursday) for those who wish to attend.

May 2014 Commencement Information


Saturday, May 10, 2014


College of Charleston Cistern Yard, 66 George Street

(Additional Seating)



10:00 a.m. - School of Business, School of Education, Health and Human Performance, and School of Sciences and Mathematics
Students assemble in Maybank Hall at 8:30 a.m. Gates open at 8:30 a.m.

4:00 p.m. - School of the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences and School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs
Students assemble in Maybank Hall at 2:30 p.m. Gates and satellite areas open at 2:30 p.m.

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.

Guests with Handicaps

Guests with mobility impairments may enter at the St. Philip Street gate without standing in line and may be seated with one other person in the designated handicapped seating area. There will be Public Safety officers outside the gate to assist and to clear the drop-off lane as needed. Everyone who comes into the Cistern Yard must have a ticket. If guests would be more comfortable in an air conditioned space, there are satellite locations nearby where they may view the ceremony live on large screens. Accessible restrooms are in the Simons Center across St. Philip Street. Please direct questions to Judith Steele, 843-953-1431.

Inclement Weather

In the event that inclement weather requires either or both undergraduate ceremonies to be moved, an official announcement concerning the change of location and start time for the ceremony/ceremonies will be issued to local television and radio stations. The announcement will also be available on the College's website and at 843.725.RAIN (7246). The inclement weather location will be TD Arena at 301 Meeting Street.

In the event of a change of location due to inclement weather, the tickets provided to the graduates will be required for entry to TD Arena. Each guest seeking entrance to TD Arena must have a valid ticket.

In the even of a change of location due to inclement weather, there still will be coverage of the ceremony/ceremonies in the satellite locations.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Senator Tim Scott will be the Commencement Speaker at both undergraduate ceremonies.  Senator Scott, along with Marie Land and Marlene Addlestone, will receive honorary degrees at the morning ceremony.

On Friday evening, May 9, at 7:00 p.m., a dinner will be held for the honorary degree recipients in the McAlister Hospitality Suite at TD Arena.

Graduate School Ceremony

Friday, May 9, at 5:30 p.m. at TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street.  Jim Newsome, President and CEO of the S. C. State Ports Authority, will be the speaker and will receive an honorary degree at the ceremony.

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