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Spring 2014 Commencement Ceremony

The Application

Graduation applications are due Friday, February 14th 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 14th 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.

Students who wish to participate in the commencement ceremony must apply by April 25, 2014.

Students who do not wish to participate in the commencement ceremony can continue to apply until May 7, 2014.

The Ceremony - Friday, May 9th

Students must arrive in the Practice Gym of TD Arena by 4:30pm on Friday afternoon. Candidates are responsible for bringing their hoods to the ceremony. Please leave personal items with your family or locked in your car.

Guest seating begins in the TD Arena at 5:00pm.

The Commencement Ceremony will begin at 5:30pm.

There will be a reception on the TD Arena's concourse level immediately following the Commencement Exercises to honor the graduates and their guests.


Tickets will not be required for this event.

Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipient

South Carolina Ports Authority CEO James I Newsome, III will be the commencement speaker at the Graduate School of the College of Charleston ceremony.  Philanthropist and community leader Edwin S. Pearlstine will also receive an honorary degree during the ceremony. 


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.

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 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.

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