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Fall 2017 Graduation

The Application

Graduation applications are due October 15 and must be completed online via MyCharleston. Log in, then click on the Academic Services tab. Then, click on the Banner Self Service Link. Next, click on "Student" and then "Student Records." Within the subfolder you will find the link to "Apply to Graduate." Students who miss the deadline will have to pay an additional $25 (for a total of $50) and they must apply in person at the Graduate School office.

After you submit your application, your eBill account will show a graduation application fee of $25 for each degree and/or certificate you plan to receive.

In order to be eligible for fall graduation, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the fall term. Fall graduates receive diplomas with a graduation date of December 16, 2017.

PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT THE APPLICATION IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETING YOUR DEGREE IN FALL 2017. Doing so will affect your bill and your ability to register for the coming semesters.

The Ceremony

Saturday, December 16 at 2pm - TD Arena, 301 Meeting Street

12:30 - TD Arena opens for seating
1:00 - Graduate students should arrive and check-in at the Media Room in TD Arena
2:00 - Commencement ceremony begins

Ceremony is expected to last 1 1/2 hours

Summer graduates who wish to participate in December Commencement should contact the Graduate School office.


Each graduate student is eligible to receive 10 tickets.  Tickets will be available ONLINE using MyCharleston beginning Wednesday, November 15 at 11am and will close Friday, December 15 at 2pm.  You can only request tickets once.  You can request extra tickets in the ticket portal.

To claim your tickets, login to MyCharleston > Academic Services tab > Commencement Ticket channel.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Speaker: Dr. Michelle Cooper, '95
Honorary Degree Recipients: Dr. H. Biemann Otherson, Jr. & Hilton and Katherine Smith


Garage parking will be available for $5.00 per vehicle at the George Street, St. Philip Street, and Wentworth Street parking garages. Please see the orange blocks labeled "GG," "PG," and "WG" on the College of Charleston parking map. Guests parking in these garages will be required to present their commencement program upon exiting to be eligible for the special rate. The $5.00 rate is only available to vehicles that enter and exit these garages on December 16 for December Commencement.

Handicap accessible parking is available in any parking garage staffed with a cashier or at any city meter, and is free of charge to persons with valid state-issued handicap placards. Accessible parking is available to visitors on campus in marked handicap accessible spaces after 4pm Monday through Friday, and all day on Saturday and Sunday. A state-issued handicapped placard must be properly displayed on any vehicle parked in an accessible parking space during these times.

Please refer to the College of Charleston parking map for exact locations.

Alcohol and Tobacco Policy

The College of Charleston observes a strict no-alcohol or other drugs policy prior to and during the commencement ceremonies. Ceremony participants, graduation candidates and guests are prohibited from bringing alcoholic beverages or other drugs onto the premises or consuming alcoholic beverages during the ceremonies. Any person determined by College personnel to be impaired will be removed from the premises and prohibited from participating in the ceremony.

Use of all tobacco products is prohibited in all College-owned or leased buildings; in all buildings on College-owned or leased land; on all College-owned or leased property, including outdoor seating areas; and in all College-owned, leased, and rented vehicles. Use of tobacco products is prohibited in all those places here identified, including but not limited to, offices (including private offices), classrooms, laboratories, stairwells, elevators, restrooms, hallways, porches and piazzas, rooftops, indoor and outdoor athletic facilities, residence halls and historic properties, shuttle buses, shuttle bus stops, parking structures and parking areas on College-owned or College-leased property, sidewalks on College-owned or College-leased property, lobbies and waiting areas, outdoor benches, green spaces on campus, and other common areas. View the Alcohol and Tobacco Policy.

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