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Commencement Information

This is your official Spring 2018 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 ceremony. (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 Commencement Ceremonies 

Dates and Times

Commencement ceremonies are expected to last approximately two and a half hours.

Friday, May 11, 2018 (Afternoon Ceremony) - Graduate School, Undergraduate School of the Arts, School of Education, Health and Human Performance*, and School of Professional Studies

» 2:30 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.

» 2:30 pm: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open. 

» 4:00 pm: Ceremony begins.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (Morning Ceremony) - School of Business and School of Sciences and Mathematics 

» 8:30 am: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open. 

» 9:00 am: 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.

» 10:00 am: Ceremony begins.

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (Afternoon Ceremony) - School of Humanities and Social Sciences** and School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs 

» 2:30 pm: Gates to Cistern Yard and doors to all satellite viewing areas open. 

» 3:00 pm: All Bachelor's degree candidates should assemble in Maybank Hall.

» 4:00 pm: Ceremony begins.

* 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 

Location

» Cistern Yard (66 George Street, Charleston, SC) - One commencement ticket per adult/child/baby is required for entry.

»  Satellite locations are located within 100 yards of the live ceremony, and do not require a ticket for entry. Live streams of the ceremony are broadcast within these air-conditioned locations.

» Guests who need assistance entering the Cistern Yard can be dropped off at the St. Phillip street entrance to the Cistern Yard.

» Inclement Weather Location: TD Arena (301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC)

Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients 

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

Commencement Speakers

Friday, May 11, 2018 (Afternoon Ceremony) - artist Brian Rutenberg '87

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (Morning Ceremony) - federal judge Bruce Howe Hendricks '83

Saturday, May 12, 2018 (Afternoon Ceremony) - actor Matt Czuchry '99

Honorary Degree Recipients

Philanthropists Eugene and Rose Gangarosa

Charleston City Council Member Keith Waring

Businesswoman, community leader and philanthropist Linda Ketner

Admission Information

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 guest to enter designated satellite viewing locations.  Tickets will be distributed to graduation candidates during the Spring 2018 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. 

Additional Information
Map

Guests enter the Cistern Yard (66 George Street) through Porter's Lodge.