Commencement at the College of Charleston is a special time. For decades, the spring commencement ceremonies have taken place in the Cistern Yard where ancient live oak trees draped with Spanish moss set the stage, and Randolph Hall – the College’s oldest building — provides a fitting backdrop. 

Crossing the Cistern as graduates do in the spring is a symbolic tradition at the College. At our spring commencement ceremonies, graduates wear white; our students traditionally wear white dresses or white dinner jackets with red roses.  

May 2021 Commencement

Updated Ceremony Dates: May 6 - 9, 2021

Congratulations on your achievements! The members of the Commencement Committee are dedicated to ensuring your commencement will be the capstone of your College of Charleston experience.

A graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in the ceremony. View the commencement information for details on how to apply. 

Watch the 2020 Commencement Ceremonies


Additional Information


GO TO: Current Commencement Schedule & Graduation Information

GO TO: Archive of Commencement Webcasts