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Spring 2015 Commencement

The Application

Graduation applications are due Friday, February 13 and will only be accepted 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." After you submit your application, your eBill account will show a graduation application fee of $25. You must pay that fee before you graduate. Students who miss the February 13 deadline will have to pay an additional $25 (for a total of $50) and they must apply in person at the Graduate School office, located in 310 Randolph Hall. In order to be eligible for spring graduation, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the spring term. Spring graduates receive diplomas with a graduation date of May 15.

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. You must pay that fee before you graduate.

PLEASE DO NOT FILL OUT THE APPLICATION IF YOU ARE NOT COMPLETING YOUR DEGREE IN SPRING 2015.  Doing so will affect your bill and your ability to register for the summer and fall semesters.

The Ceremony

Friday, May 15, 4 pm Cistern Yard

     Rehearsal: Wednesday, May 13, 4 - 5:30 pm Cistern Yard


Each graduate student is eligible to receive 5 tickets, which will be available for pick-up at the TD Arena box office starting Thursday, April 9.  You must have a picture ID and be on the approved graduation list to claim your tickets.  Please use this FAQ for any questions regarding ticket pick-up.

Every guest who enters the Cistern will be required to have a ticket for the Friday evening ceremony.  This includes children who will be sitting in laps and anyone who will be sitting in the handicap section.  Those who have mobility issues, weather sensitivity, or young children are encouraged to use the satellite viewing locations where you can watch a closed-caption live-stream of the ceremony and do not require a ticket.   

Satellite Locations:

  • The Recital Hall and Emmett Robinson Theatre in the Simmons Center for the Arts - 31 on the campus map.
  • The Ballroom and Room 205 in the Stern Student Center - 80 on the campus map.     

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient



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 Friday, May 15.  

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 & 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.  See full policy here.

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