Commencement


Commencement at the College of Charleston is a special time. For decades, the spring commencement ceremonies have taken place in the Cistern Yard where ancient live oak trees draped with Spanish moss set the stage, and Randolph Hall – the College’s oldest building — provides a fitting backdrop. Crossing the Cistern as graduates do in the spring is a symbolic tradition at the College. At our spring commencement ceremonies, graduates wear white; our students traditionally wear white dresses or white dinner jackets with red roses. Winter commencement ceremonies are held indoors at TD Arena, and the dress code is black dresses and black tuxedos with red roses. Students participating in the graduation ceremony must attend the ceremony designated for their major school. Each ceremony typically lasts approximately 2.5 hours.

For details about upcoming ceremonies, visit our Spring Commencement and Winter Commencement sites. For information from past years, go to our previous commencement ceremonies.


Class of 2020 Commencement Updates

The Spring 2020 commencement ceremonies originally scheduled for the weekend of May 7-9, 2020 have been postponed. College has tentatively set the weekend of October 9-11, 2020, for commencement celebrations for the Class of 2020. Please check back later for updates. Dates are subject to change. Visit Commencement Information for details. Also, keep up to date with COVID-19 announcements at go.cofc.edu/covid19

In the meantime, please join us in congratulating the Class of 2020 at one of our many virtual graduation events, and share photos of your graduates, special yard signs, or other special celebrations by tagging @collegeofcharleston (#CofC, #CofC2020).

We welcome you to watch President Hsu's Message to the Class of 2020. Also, here are some stats on this year's resilient and accomplished graduates

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Apply to Graduate

A graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony. Visit Commencement Information for more information.

  » Undergraduate Student Graduation Application
  » Graduate Student Graduation Application