2020 Virtual Graduation Events and Awards Ceremonies

NEWS: The College of Charleston Spring Commencement ceremonies have been postponed to October 2020. We tentatively plan to host several celebratory events on Friday, October 9, the ceremony rehearsals on Saturday, October 10, and all commencement ceremonies on Sunday, October 11. We are in the early stages of rescheduling these events and ask that you check back for updates. All events are subject to change. 

Graduation Events being held online in Spring 2020

Many departments, programs, and schools are hosting online events to celebrate our graduates in April and May 2020 Each office is reaching out to students, and you are invited to contact your program's office to learn more about online events and social media celebrations being held in your honor. Provided below is a list of some, but not all, online events and virtual messages for our students. Please help us maintain the online security of our events and do not distribute the links publicly. 

Student Information and Links to Spring 2020 Graduation Events (CofC login required)

While we make every effort to keep this page updated, please check with your individual programs for details and links to virtual and postponed events. 

Also, please join us in celebrating all who are sharing their at-home celebrations #CofC2020!

Graduation Events tentatively scheduled for Fall 2020*

Commencement Rehearsals - Postponed to October 2020

All students participating in commencement are required to attend the commencement rehearsal for their ceremony. Information about each mandatory rehearsal and instructions for degree candidates is found on the Rehearsal webpage. We tentatively plan to hold the ceremony rehearsals on Saturday, October 10 and all commencement ceremonies on Sunday, October 11. 

Senior Class Meetings - Postponed to October 2020

Please check back later for updates about senior class meetings (online) for the October 2020 ceremonies.

Alumni Weekend - November 20-22, 2020

Since 1900, the Alumni Association has hosted an annual reception to welcome the College’s graduating students into its membership. Since that time, this event has grown into Spring Alumni Weekend, held each year the week prior to commencement.

The Spring Alumni Weekend 2020 scheduled for May 1-3 has been cancelled. While we know this is disappointing news, our top priority is the safety of our students, alumni, faculty, staff, families, and neighbors. If you have purchased tickets to Spring Alumni Weekend events, please be assured you will receive a refund soon directly from our ticket broker, Eventbrite. Meanwhile, we hope you will plan to join us for Fall Alumni Weekend, November 20-22, 2020. Go to https://acaweekend.cofc.edu/ for details.

Baccalaureate Celebration

Details for the 2020 Baccalaureate Celebration are to be announced. 

Lavender Ceremony

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 - Postponed
Time: 5:00 PM
Location: EHHP Alumni Center in the School of Education, Health, and Human Performance at 86 Wentworth Street.

Please visit Lavender Celebration website to register and RSVP.

Hispanic Latinx Graduation Ceremony

Date:  Friday, May 1, 2020 - Postponed
Time: 6:00 PM
Location:  McAllister Suite, 3rd floor, TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street

Please visit Multicultural Graduation Celebrations website to register and RSVP.

Asian-Pacific Islander Unity Celebration

Date:  Monday, May 4, 2020 - Postponed
Time: 5:00 PM
Location:  EHHP Alumni Center School of Education, Health, and Human Performance Alumni Center, 86 Wentworth St.

Please visit Multicultural Graduation Celebrations website to register and RSVP.

NIA Rite of Passage Celebration

Date: Thursday, May 7, 2020 - Postponed
Time: 4:00 PM
Location: in the TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street.

Please RSVP 843.953.5660 or email msps@cofc.edu.

*All events are subject to change.


Winter 2020 Commencement Events

December Senior Class Meeting 

Senior Class Meeting for December Commencement 
Location and Times: TBD
View the Winter 2019 Senior Class Meeting Presentation (PDF)

This meeting was NOT mandatory. If you were unable to attend, please view the presentation and information on this website.

December Rehearsals

There is no advance rehearsal for the December 19, 2020 ceremony. Students are given instructions the day-of the ceremony.

Undergraduates must arrive at the Johnson Center gymnasium by 12:30pm on Saturday, December 19, 2020 to check-in, receive your name card and check-in with the name reader for pronunciation clarification if needed before lining up for the ceremony. 

Graduate students are given instruction about when and where to assemble by the Graduate School.

December Receptions & Other Events

For information about December 2020 receptions or other commencement related events hosted by your school, department, or program, please contact each office directly. These events are typically not posted to the commencement information website.