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Commencement

Fall 2014 Commencement

The Application

Graduation applications are due Wednesday, October 15th 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 October 15th deadline will have to pay an additional $25 (for a total of $50) and they must apply in person at the Graduate Studies Office, located in 310 Randolph Hall.

The Ceremony

Saturday, December 13th at 2 pm in the TD Arena  

12:30: TD Arena will open for seating
1:00: Students will gather in the Media Room, located on the 1st floor of the Arena.  Enter through TD Arena main doors, go through the Administrative Office, follow the hall and the room will be on your right.  Or enter from Burns Lane by the loading dock across from the Physical Plant warehouse, and it will be the first room on the left.
2:00: Commencement ceremony
4:00: Reception for graduates, families and guests in Cistern Yard (Rain location: TD Arena concourse level) 

NOTE: Students and families will have about 20 minutes to take personal photos in front of the stage at the end of the ceremony before the reception.

Tickets

Tickets for December Commencement are available at no charge to eligible graduation candidates. Each student may receive up to 10 tickets for their guests. Additional tickets may be available upon request (inquire at the TD Arena box office). All guests in the TD Arena must have a ticket for admission.

Tickets will be available for pickup at the TD Arena box office on Monday, December 1st up until the day of the ceremony during normal business hours: 8:30-5, Monday through Friday.  Students picking up tickets must provide a picture ID and be on the list provided by the Graduate School office.  For any questions you have regarding tickets, please use this FAQ or email Robyn Olejniczak.  

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

Columbia Urban League President James McLawhorn Junior will speak at December's Graduation Ceremony.  South Carolina Lieutenant Governor John Yancy McGill will receive an honorary degree.  See the announcement here.

Parking

Garage parking will be available for $5.00 per vehicle at the new George Street Parking Garage, located on St. Philip Street between George and Liberty Streets (between CVS and Liberty Street Fresh Food Company). Please see the orange block labeled "GG" on the College of Charleston parking map.  Guests parking in this garage 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 the garage on Saturday, December 13.  

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 the exact location of the George Street Parking Garage.

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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