This is your official Spring 2017 Commencement Information webpage with all the information you need about graduation and class events. We are excited to have you join us at one of our three Commencement ceremonies and hope you have a wonderful time! Information about each ceremony is listed below. Please continue to check this page regularly as new information will be updated.
» UNDERGRADUATE STUDENTS: Graduation application is required before undergraduate students will be eligible to participate in the May commencement ceremonies (http://cofc.edu/commencement/information/graduation-application-fees.php).
» GRADUATE SCHOOL CANDIDATES: Please check the Graduate School Commencement Information website for additional information (http://gradschool.cofc.edu/current-students/commencement).
Please note that the College of Charleston is a Tobacco-Free campus. Graduates, please be aware that a coat check area will be the only secure location for personal items. If possible, do not bring personal items (purse, sweater, jacket, etc.) with you.
Spring 2017 Commencement Ceremonies
Commencement ceremonies are expected to last approximately two and a half hours.
FRIDAY AFTERNOON, May 12, 2017 - Ceremony begins at 4:00 pm - Graduate School, Undergraduate School of the Arts, School of Education, Health and Human Performance*, and School of Professional Studies
SATURDAY MORNING, May 13, 2017 - Ceremony begins at 10:00 am - School of Business and School of Sciences and Mathematics
SATURDAY AFTERNOON, May 13, 2017 - Ceremony begins at 4:00 pm - School of Humanities and Social Sciences** and School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs
* BS degree candidates for Public Health will appear on Friday Afternoon’s program
** BA degree candidates for Public Health will appear on Saturday Afternoon’s program
Cistern Yard, 66 George Street, Charleston, SC
Guests who need assistance entering the Cistern Yard can be dropped off at the St. Phillip street entrance to the Cistern Yard. Satellite locations are also available during each ceremony. (The inclement weather location is the TD Arena.)
Friday, May 12, 2017 (Afternoon Ceremony) - 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
» Master's degree candidates should assemble on the third floor of Robert Scott Small and all Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall at 2:30 p.m. Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas will open at 2:30 p.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (Morning Ceremony) - 8:30 am - 12:30 pm
» Degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall at 9:00 a.m. Gates to the Cistern Yard and doors to the satellite viewing areas will open at 8:30 a.m.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 (Afternoon Ceremony) - 2:30 pm - 6:30 pm
» Degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall at 3:00 p.m. Gates to the Cistern Yard and doors to the satellite viewing areas will open at 2:30 pm
Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients
Friday, May 12, 2016 – 4:00pm
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 10:00am
- Speaker: Ms. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch ’79, Fine Arts & Business Administration, Director of Business Development at Clemson University’s Restoration Institute
- Honorary Degree Recipients: Ms. Elizabeth Colbert-Busch ’79 and Mr. Kenneth “Mace” Brown and Dr. Edward L. Thomas, Jr. '76, Dentistry, posthumously.
Saturday, May 13, 2017 – 4:00pm
- Speaker: Mr. John E. Alessi '98, Studio Arts & Communication, Co-Founder and CFO for Whip It Inventions
- Honorary Degree Recipient: Mr. John E. Alessi '98 and Mr. James L. Felder.
Students will receive FOUR tickets for Spring Commencement. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony in the Cistern Yard. Tickets are not required for guests to enter designated satellite viewing locations. Tickets will be distributed to graduation candidates during the Spring 2017 semester. Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.
Awards Ceremonies, Receptions and Additional Events
Please see Additional Events for a listing of awards ceremonies and other Commencement Week events.
- Parking Information for Commencement
- Attire and Flower Information for Commencement
- Ticket Information for Commencement
Guests may only enter the Cistern Yard (66 George Street) through Porter's Lodge. Please view our campus maps here.