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Senior Information

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.


Seniors completing degree requirements in Spring 2015 (101 Earned Hours required): Application open now--Deadline February 1, 2015.  Go directly to: 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: 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 for a paper form.  Late applicants will be charged a $25.00 late fee in addition to the regular graduation fee.    


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.

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(Commencement information for graduate students.)

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

May 2015 Commencement Information 

There will be three ceremonies in Spring, 2015

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.

Graduate Fair


Wednesday, April 8: 11am-3pm

Thursday, April 9: 3pm-7pm


TD Arena

Baccalaureate Ceremony

A non-denominational faith-based service for those who wish to attend. President McConnell will give the message.


Thursday, May 14


Simons Center - Recital Hall

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
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 Scienes and Mathematics

Honorary Degree Recipient: Steve and Emily Swanson

Saturday, May 16 – 4:00 pm
Bachelor’s degree candidates from the School of Humanities and Social Sciences
Bachelor’s degree candidates from the School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

Honorary Degree Recipient: Sam and Gina Shapiro


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. 


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.   

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