Things To Do After Applying To Graduate

Complete your Degree Check

Use DegreeWorks in your MyCharleston portal to see that you have met your program's degree requirements.  Please check with your program director if you are missing any requirements.

If you have transfer credit, please work with your Program Director to fill out the proper form.  Also make sure the Graduate School office has received an official transcript from the transfer credit institution.

If you are completing a thesis, you must successfully defend your work and submit your thesis online by midnight on the last day of classes of the term.

If comprehensive exams are required for your program, please arrange to take the exam on the scheduled dates.

If you were admitted in Fall 2015 or after, you must complete the Founding Documents Requirement.  

Take the Financial Aid Exit Interview

You must complete the FAFSA online exit interview if you paid for any part of your graduate education with loans. Contact the Department of Education if you have forgotten your FSA ID.  You will not receive your diploma until this step has been completed.

Purchase Graduation Regalia

The College Bookstore handles all orders and can be reached at 843-953-5518 or visited at 160 Calhoun street.

The Graduate Student Association ( also has limited regalia available for rent at a reduced rate.  

The deadline to order regalia is TBD.

  • Prices are subject to change and do not include SC sales tax or shipping costs.
    • Cap, gown and tassel combo: $38.00
    • Gown: $30.00
    • Hood: $30.00 
    • Cap: $10.00
    • Tassel: $5.00
  • Check your regalia to ensure you have all items and the correct color hood.
    • Accountancy: Drab
    • Business Administration: Drab
    • Child Life: Sage Green
    • Communication: Silver 
    • Community Planning, Policy, and Design: Blue Violet
    • Computer & Information Sciences: Gold
    • Concurrent MS/MPA: Peacock Blue & Gold (2 hoods)
    • Creative Writing: Brown
    • Data Science & Analytics: Gold
    • Education: Light Blue 
    • English: White 
    • Environmental Studies: Gold 
    • Historic Preservation: Orange 
    • History: White 
    • Marine Biology: Gold 
    • Mathematics: Gold 
    • Public Administration: Peacock Blue
  • Master's candidates must wear black robes and caps, as well as their discipline's corresponding hood.
  • Please do not purchase flowers for the commencement ceremony. Master's candidates do not carry flowers.
  • Purchase any cords or sashes directly from the association or society to which you belong.

Submit your Hometown News Press Release and Order Graduation Announcements

The Division of Marketing and Communications at the College of Charleston regularly distributes News Releases announcing graduation, awards, offices held and other student accomplishments.  Share the news by filling out and submitting this form.  

Personalized announcements may be ordered online through Balfour.  Place your order 4-6 weeks before graduation, and mail your announcements two weeks before the ceremony.