2020 Commencement Participation Portal

Participation Portal & Ticket Information for the October 2020 Ceremonies for Spring 2020 Graduation

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. 


August 10 Participation Portal opens
August 31 Participation Portal closes
September 4  

Ceremony date(s), times and which schools participate in which ceremony announced

Dates and times for school award ceremonies and multicultural graduation ceremony announced


Release of tickets (number dependent on city, state, and federal guidelines)

October 9-11   Commencement Weekend
October 23-25   Storm Make-up dates for Commencement Weekend

Information to keep in mind before entering the participation portal

You have only one chance to select your type of participation (explanation below), so please wait until you know for certain before making your selection.

Participation Choices: 1) In Person  2) Virtual 3) Not Participating
  • The ceremony or ceremonies will be live streamed and available for future viewing on our website
  • The name and earned honors of every eligible spring and summer 2020 graduate and undergraduate candidate will be listed in the commencement program. The program will be available electronically and hard copies will be mailed to all using the mailing address you supplied for your diploma mailing. Undergraduate graduates/candidates please confirm your diploma mailing address. You can view your  address by going to your MyCharleston account and following this path: Academic Services (tab)→Banner Self-Service→Student→Student Records→View Application to Graduate. Changes to this address can only be made by either sending an email (from college-issued account) to: graduation@cofc.edu.
  • Your name will be called during the appropriate ceremony regardless of the participation option chosen.
  • If an in-person audience is allowed, video walls, or screens will be installed in Cistern Yard to allow virtual participants to be seen.
  • If you choose to either not participate or to participate virtually, you will be eligible to participate in a future ceremony.
  • If you select to participate in person or virtually, you will receive a video of the portion of the ceremony when your name is called.

Participation Portal Instructions

1. To indicate your participation choice, log in to MyCharleston, select the Academic Services tab, and click the portal link under the Commencement Participation Channel.

2. Enter your complete College of Charleston issued email, including, “ @g.cofc.edu” to log in to the portal. 

3. Your password is your CWID.

4. If you are an undergraduate multiple major, you must select the major with which you wish to participate before proceeding to participation options.

Remember: You have only one chance to select your type of participation (explanation below), so please wait until you know for certain before making your selection.

5. Select one of the available Participation Choices:  1) In Person 2) Virtual 3) Not Participating

If you select Not Participating, you will receive an email noting your selection, and no further action is needed.

If you select Virtual, you will be taken to the virtual participation section where you can upload a photo that will be shown when your name is called.  Along with your photo will be your name, major(s), and Latin and/or top honors; if any. You will not be prompted to enter guest information. The ceremony will be live streamed at http://www.cofc.edu. You will receive an email confirming your virtual participation selection.

If you select In-Person participation, you will be prompted to enter your potential guests’ names (up to four, see below).  You will receive a confirmation email noting your in-person participation selection.

  • As a graduate, you do not need a ticket for commencement, but every other person, regardless of age, needs a ticket to enter Cistern Yard.
  • Each in-person graduate may reserve up to four (4) tickets. Tickets will not be released until it is determined whether an in-person audience is allowed. In case all four guests cannot be accommodated, tickets will be released in the order of the guests’ names entered, priority given to number one, then number two, etc. (Anyone of your guests can use any ticket, but you may wish to have a particular name printed on the ticket.) The ceremony will also be live streamed at http://www.cofc.edu.
  • As noted, the name on the ticket and the name of the guest do not need to match.  Guests will not be asked for identification.  If you are unsure of who your guests will be,  fill in your name on any or all of your tickets followed by “1”, “2”, “3” or “4” so you can keep track of which ticket is which guest.
  • If necessitated by health related concerns or mandates by local, state, or federal guidance, the College reserves the right to make changes to ceremony plans, including the number of in-person guests allowed after the release of tickets. While we do not foresee this happening, we highly recommend guests seek refundable travel plans where possible.
  • Buyer beware warning!  Only tickets obtained through the official College of Charleston Commencement ticket process are guaranteed to be authentic.  If you purchase or acquire tickets from another source, you are solely responsible for verifying the authenticity. Guests presenting tickets with unreadable or altered QR Codes or QR Codes that have already been scanned will be refused admission. There will be no exceptions.

If you have a question not addressed above, please send an email to rsvp3@cofc.edu.  Answers will be sent only to those requesting information not included here.