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Commencement Information

The 2017 Winter Commencement Ceremony will not be live streamed. The ceremony will be available for viewing on the website no later than Thursday, December 21.

This is your official Winter 2017 Commencement Information webpage with all the information you need about graduation and class events. We are excited to have you join and hope you have a wonderful time! Information about the ceremony is listed below, and use navigation pane on the left for additional information.  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. ( 

  » GRADUATE SCHOOL CANDIDATES: Please check the Graduate School Commencement Information website for additional information (

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. 

For the dates of the Spring 2018 Commencement Ceremonies, please see the College of Charleston's Spring 2018 Academic Calendar. These ceremonies will take place in the Cistern Yard, with the rain location being TD Arena. More information regarding the Spring Commencement ceremonies will be posted to this website after the Winter Commencement has occurred. 

Winter Commencement Ceremony


Saturday, December 16, 2017 - 2:00pm
Gates open at 12:30pm

        TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC 
        Guests who need assistance entering the TD Arena can be dropped off on Meeting Street in front of the TD Arena. Public Safety officers will be directing traffic for any drop-off needs for the ceremony.

Event Information

Admission Information

Students will receive TEN tickets for Winter Commencement. Tickets are required for all family and guests viewing the ceremony. Please see Ticket Information for distribution details. There is no charge for commencement ceremony tickets.

Speakers and Honorary Degree Recipients 
Commencement Speaker:
    • Michelle Asha Cooper, Class of 1995, President of the Institute for Higher Education Policy
Honorary Degree Recipients:
    • Dr. H. Biemann Othersen Jr., Class of 1950
    • Catherine Peronneau Murray-Smith
    • Hilton Charles Smith Jr. 
Awards Ceremonies, Receptions and Additional Events

Please see Additional Events for a listing of awards ceremonies and other Commencement Week events. 

Additional Information

Guests enter through the main entrance of TD Arena at 301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC. Please view our campus maps here.