Graduation Information

Fall 2019 Graduation

The Application

Graduation applications are due October 15 and must be completed online via MyCharleston

  • Log in to MyCharleston
  • Click on the Academic Services tab
  • Click on the Banner Self Service Link
  • Click on 'Student' and then 'Student Records'
  • Click on 'Apply to Graduate'

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

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.

In order to be eligible for fall graduation, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the fall term. December graduates receive diplomas and/or certificates with a graduation date of December 14, 2019.

The Ceremony

Saturday, December 14, 2-4pm TD Arena

12:30 - TD Arena opens for seating
1:00-1:15 - 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

Please note that Commencement is a Clear Bag event.  Please review the clear bag policies and protocols here.  

Summer graduates who did not participate in the May ceremony are eligible to participate in the December ceremony and should contact the Graduate School for more information.


Each graduate student is eligible to receive 10 tickets.  Tickets will be available ONLINE using MyCharleston beginning on Wednesday, November 13 at 3pm.  Students who have selected to participate will receive an email with instructions on how to access the ticket portal.  The ticket portal will close on Friday, December 13 at noon and students will not be able to claim tickets after that point.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients

Commencement Speaker: William "Bill" Finn
Honorary Degree Recipients: Michelle "Mitsy" Mangum '86


Graduates and guests should park at one of the public garages near the TD Arena.  The closest garages are at the Gailliard Center, located at 32 Alexander Street, and the George Garage, located at 34 St. Philip Street.  The rate for each of these locations is $1 per each half hour or portion thereof, with a daily maximum of $16 per calendar day.

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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