Commencement Information

This is the College's official commencement site. Information below subject to update. Please check back regularly for updates.

Upcoming Commencement Ceremonies Mother’s Day Weekend May 7 and May 8, 2021

As the College prepares for our Spring Commencement, we are following guidelines provided by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SC DHEC). With an eye to ever changing conditions, our committee is simultaneously planning different possibilities and scenarios to allow for the largest, safest and most satisfying commencement possible. As the time for the event approaches, and as public parameters are known, the committee will update this website and communicate the final plans.

Since no definite plans will be announced until close to the date, we strongly suggest that students and their families defer making travel and/or lodging arrangements unless they are refundable and/or changeable. We are committed to making Commencement meaningful, significant and safe and thank you for your cooperation.  

Apply to Graduate

A graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in an upcoming commencement ceremony. Failure to complete the application promptly can result in a delay in both degree posting and diploma ordering, and it can also result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and ceremony ticket list. (Participation in commencement is assumed and encouraged, however, it is not mandatory.) 

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Class of 2020

Class of 2020 Ceremony Videos

“Crossing the Cistern” is a tradition that has been a hallmark of the College of Charleston graduation for over 75 years. The Class of 2020 had the unique experience of crossing the actual visible cistern for the first time since 1984. 

Commencement videos for all four ceremonies were emailed to students. In each video, every graduate's name is proudly announced and in-person and virtual attendees's photos are featured; also, special commemorative video clips of your portion of the ceremony were sent to each alum. We have mailed graduates their diplomas and copies of the commencement program.

Please also join us in congratulating the Class of 2020 by sharing photos of your graduates, special yard signs, or other special celebrations and tagging @collegeofcharleston (#CofC, #CofC2020).

Please note that on October 10, the commencement committee made the difficult decision to truncate the 6:00 p.m. ceremony in preparation for the impending weather. Our goal was for every graduate who was physically present to cross the Cistern before the rain began. Although, we were unable to read the names of graduates who were participating virtually during the live event, the names of all graduates were read, along with any uploaded photos, as part of the official commencement videos for all four ceremonies. 

View the Ceremonies Online

Additional Virtual Events and Shareable, Printable CofC Graduation Signs

For those celebrating online and at-home this year, we welcome you to visit these pages and join us in celebrating the Class of 2020:

Class of 2020 Awards and Profile

Undergraduate Class of 2020
Graduate Class of 2020