Spring Commencement (Postponed)

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

Ceremony Dates and Times

We tentatively plan to hold the Spring 2020 commencement events over the weekend of October 9-11, 2020 and are reserving October 23-25 for make-up/storm dates. 

Announcements for the Class of 2020

August Update: All 2020 graduates/candidates are currently receiving communication via emails, social media, our website to inform them of the new October 2020 Commencement Participation Portal. Graduates/Candidates should indicate their whether they intend to 1) not participate2) participate virtually3) participate in-person. The portal opens on Monday, August 10. Details are provided on our 2020 Commencement Participation Portal page.

June Update: 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). At this point, please do not make any travel or accommodation reservations that cannot be refunded or rescheduled. 

May Update: Please read the email from President Hsu regarding the plans to reschedule the Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremonies (both undergraduate and graduate) and view our 2020 virtual graduation 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.

Viewing the October Ceremony Online

For guests who cannot attend, 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 Masks and Clear Bag Protocols

The College of Charleston Commencement Committee is dedicated to providing you with the safest and most meaningful celebration of your academic accomplishments.  Since we cannot predict the size of gatherings mandated by city, state and/or federal authorities, we have been working on multiple plans simultaneously to enable us to adapt to situations as they change. The goal is to allow the greatest amount of participants and in-person audience members as possible. We will follow the most current Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and South Carolina Department of Health and Control (SCDHEC) guidelines, at the lowest risk factor possible, to produce the final weekend plans. The College of Charleston plans to require masks and social distancing. Details about expectations for on-stage graduates and ticketed guests attending the ceremony will be updated soon. 

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.

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. 

Additional Virtual Events and Shareable, Printable CofC Graduation Signs

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

Additional Information

View: Winter 2020 Commencement Ceremony