Graduation is a rite of passage at every university. But at the College of Charleston, spring commencement is truly a one-of-a-kind event – a quintessentially Southern tradition that bonds generations of CofC alumni and creates indelible memories in an iconic setting. Clad in white dinner jackets and dresses (and regalia for our masters' candidates), graduating students each May process to the stage for one of the most visually stunning commencement ceremonies in the country. 

This year, for the first time in history, candidates will have choices in the upcoming Spring 2021 Ceremonies!

Spring 2021 Commencement will be May 6, 7, and 8.

The Spring 2021 Commencement Ceremonies will be May 6, 7, and 8. (Sunday, May 9 will be the make-up date for any weather impacted ceremonies from May 6 - 8). Ceremonies will be held in two outdoor locations (and will be live-streamed from both locations).

Please see Commencement Information for details on how to register for your location choice and details about participation. Also, please note that a graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony.

Thursday, May 6 Ceremony at College of Charleston Patriots Point Soccer Stadium (with in-person guests)

  • 2:00 PM ET - Ceremony with all seven schools participating

Friday, May 7 Ceremonies in the Cistern Yard (with satellite locations for guests)

  • 2:00 PM ET - Ceremony for School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • 6:00 PM ET- Ceremony for the Graduate School; School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and School of Sciences and Mathematics

Saturday, May 8 Ceremonies in the Cistern Yard (with satellite locations for guests)

  • 9:00 AM ET - Ceremony for School of Business
  • 1:00 PM ET - Ceremony for School of the Arts and School of Education, Health, and Human Performance 
  • 4:00 PM ET - Ceremony for all seven schools for anyone who changes their participation selection to Cistern Yard or elects to participate in Cistern Yard after 12:00 PM ET, March 31 (students who apply to graduate for the first time will still be placed in one of the above ceremonies)

(Sunday, May 9 (times TBD) will be the make-up date for any weather-impacted ceremonies from May 6 to 8)