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Commencement Information

This is the official December 2018 Commencement Information site with all the information you need about graduation. We are excited to have you join us at one of our Commencement ceremonies and hope you have a wonderful time! Information about how to apply to graduate and about each ceremony is listed below.

Please check back regularly as this page will be updated when additional December 2018 graduation information is available.

Apply to Graduate

graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony. Failure to complete the application promptly can result in a delay in both degree posting and diploma ordering, and it can also result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and ceremony ticket list. (Participation in commencement is assumed and encouraged, however, it is not mandatory.)

  » UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Go to the graduation application webpage.  

  » GRADUATE SCHOOL CANDIDATES: Go to the Graduate School graduation application webpage. 

Commencement Ceremonies

There are three commencement ceremonies this year, broken up into groups based on a student’s academic school. Beforehand, graduating students must attend a mandatory rehearsal on Wednesday, May 9. Each commencement will last about 2 1/2 hours and will begin at the following times:

SATURDAY, December 15, 2018 
All academic schools with candidates participate in one ceremony for the winter commencement exercises.
  • TBD pm: Doors open to guests. 
  • TBD pm: Master's degree candidates should assemble in TBD, and all Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in TBD.
  • TBD pm: Ceremony begins. 


The commencement ceremony is scheduled to be held in the TD Arena, located at 301 Meeting St., and a ticket is required for admittance. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry.

For guests who can’t make it to campus, live video from each ceremony will be broadcast on the College’s Facebook page and at


Students receive (# is TBD) tickets for Winter Commencement. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the TD Arena. One commencement ticket per guest is required for entry. Tickets will be distributed electronically to graduation candidates during the Spring 2018 semester.  Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.


Bags will be checked by security upon entry to the TD Arena. The following items are prohibited in the Cistern Yard: alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, and open, outside beverages. Unopened drinks and refreshments purchased at commencement are allowed. Please note that the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus. 

For graduating students, there will be a bag check conducted by security before the ceremony in the student assembly area. Secure storage for personal effects will be provided, but you are advised to bring as few personal belongings as necessary. No bags will be allowed on stage. No outside food or beverages will be allowed in the assembly area. Please do not bring opened outside beverages because water will be provided on stage to graduates. The following items are prohibited: alcohol, smoking, vaping, weapons, and open, outside beverages. Please view the Alcohol Policy. Staff will monitor entrances and exits with support from Public Safety.

Speakers and Honorary Degrees

For more information, please visit the Commencement Speaker(s) and Honorary Degree Recipients webpage. Additional information is forthcoming. 

Commencement Speaker (TBA)

Honorary Degree Recipients (TBA)

Awards, Receptions, and Additional Events

Please see Additional Events for a listing of senior class meetings, rehearsals, awards ceremonies, receptions, Baccalaureate, and other Commencement Week events. 


Parking will be available at the following three CofC garages:

Fees for each garage will be reduced to $5 with a commencement program on December 15, 2018.

Inclement Weather

The Winter Commencement ceremony is indoors, so the location will not change in the event of rain. The College monitors the weather for commencement around the clock. If any ceremonies have to be moved due to weather, announcements will be made on, local TV and radio stations and social media. If commencement is moved due to inclement weather, only four ticketed guests per student will be admitted to the alternate location unless otherwise directed. Visit the inclement weather plan webpage for additional information. 

Additional Information