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Commencement Information

This is your official Fall 2016 Commencement Information webpage with everything you need to know about graduation and class events. We are excited to have you join us at and hope you have a wonderful time! Information about the ceremony is listed below.  

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Fall Commencement Ceremony

Date & Location

SATURDAY, December 17, 2016 - 2:00 p.m.
TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC  

The ceremony is expected to last approximately 1½ hours.

Ticket Information

Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the TD Arena. Tickets are available ONLINE using MyCharleston beginning on Friday, November 18 at 11:00am. Once you login to MyCharleston, locate the Academic Services Tab and then look for the Commencement Tickets Chanel. Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.

Announcements to Students

» Undergraduate Students: A graduation application is required before undergraduate students will be eligible to participate in the commencement ceremonies. Students who intend to graduate must apply to graduate online via their MyCharleston account. Please go to for important information about graduation requirements.

» Graduate School Candidates: Students who intend to graduate must apply to graduate online via their MyCharleston account. Please go to the Graduate School Commencement Information website for important information about graduation requirements (

Please note that the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus. Please be aware that a student coat check area will be the only secure location for students' personal items. If possible, do not bring personal items (purse, sweater, jacket, etc.) with you. 

Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients 

Commencement Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient: Major General Charles Frank Bolden, Jr. (USMC-Ret.)
Honorary Degree Recipients: Tapley O. "Tap" and Jean Johnson; James L. and Esther Ferguson

Awards Ceremonies, Receptions and Additional Events

Please see Additional Events for a listing of awards ceremonies and other Commencement Week events. 

Additional Information


Guests enter the TD Arena (301 Meeting Street) through the main arena entrance off Meeting Street.