Spring Commencement

This is the College's official commencement site. Information below subject to update. Please check back regularly for updates.

Commencement ceremonies are postponed, and several virtual graduation celebrations were held.

We tentatively plan to hold the Spring 2020 commencement events over the weekend of October 9-11. At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. All graduating students have received an email from President Hsu regarding the plans to reschedule the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies (both undergraduate and graduate). 

COVID-19 pandemic conditions allowing, we have tentatively plan to have multiple graduation ceremonies take place on Sunday, October 11, with ceremony rehearsals occurring on that Saturday and individual department/school receptions on Friday evening. However, depending on the number of participants of these ceremonies, which we will know once the participation/ticket portal is opened later this summer, we may need to schedule an additional Saturday evening ceremony to go along with the Sunday ceremonies. That is why we have reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 (and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date)). 

For those celebrating online and at-home this spring, we welcome you to visit these pages and join us in celebrating the Class of 2020:

Apply to Graduate

A graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in an upcoming commencement 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 Student Graduation Application
  » Graduate Student Graduation Application

Diplomas and Transcripts

Spring undergraduate degrees will be conferred on May 9, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Spring graduate degrees will be conferred on May 8, 2020, and posted to the student record on May 12, 2020. Summer degrees will be conferred and posted to the student record on August 10, 2020.

All diplomas will be mailed six (6) to eight (8) weeks after the degree conferral. 

Ceremony Dates and Times

We have tentatively reserved the entire weekends of October 9-11 (and October 23-25 (for make-up/storm date)). Please read the email regarding our tentative plans and view our 2020 virtual graduation events page for details about additional smaller online events. 

Ceremony Location (tickets required)

The October 2020 Commencement ceremony is scheduled to be held in the Cistern Yard, located at 66 George St., but a ticket is required for admittance. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry.

Additional On-Campus Locations to View the Live Ceremony (no tickets required)

There are typically seven satellite viewing locations available for alternate viewing within a 100 yards of the Cistern, where additional guests can watch the ceremonies live. Tickets are not required for admission to these sites, all of which have air-conditioning and easily accessible restrooms. They are:

  • The Stern Student Center Ballroom on the fourth floor of the Stern Student Center at 71 George St.
  • Child-friendly rooms on the second floor of the Stern Student Center at 71 George St.
  • The Recital Hall of the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St.
  • The Emmett Robinson Theatre at the Simons Center for the Arts at 54 St. Philip St.
  • Rita Hollings Science Center (Rooms 101, 102, 103) at 58 Coming Street.

Viewing the October Ceremony Online

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 cofc.edu. Additionally, a recording will be posted online shortly after the ceremonies. 

In Case of Inclement Weather (or other events causing changes to the ceremony location or times)

If the event of rain or other changes, an announcement will be displayed here and on the College's homepage (www.cofc.edu), as well as on local TV and radio stations as outline on our inclement weather plan. The weekend of October 23-25 is currently reserved as a make-up/storm date.

Admissions and Ticket Information

Students typically receive four tickets for Spring Commencement, but please check back for updates about tickets depending on participation levels and pandemic-related circumstances.. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the Cistern Yard. One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry into the Cistern Yard. Tickets are not required for guests to enter designated satellite viewing locations. Tickets are typically distributed electronically to graduation candidates the month before the ceremony. Please see Ticket Information after more information is posted in July. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.

Commencement Speakers

Please check back for updates about October's commencement speakers. Speakers and honorary degree recipient information will be updated on the Commencement Speakers and Honorary Degrees page.

For Your Safety, Our Clear Bag Protocol

In order to expedite entry and provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty, guests, and other visitors, the College of Charleston has implemented a Clear Bag Protocol for its ticketed events, including Commencement. 

Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed in the Cistern Yard. Bags will be checked by security upon entry to the Cistern Yard (or TD Arena rain location). Please read our Prohibited Items List (which includes, but is not limited to, unapproved bags, strollers, alcohol, smoking, vaping, drones, and weapons). 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. Only clear bags and small clutch size purses are allowed. 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 and our security team.

Additional Information

View: Winter 2020 Commencement Ceremony