Graduation Information

Spring 2023 Graduation

The Application

Graduation applications are due February 15 and must be completed online via MyPortal

  • Log in to MyPortal
  • Click on the 'Graduation Application' tile
  • 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.  This fee must be paid prior to the degree conferral date.

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 spring graduation, you must be enrolled in at least one credit hour during the spring term.

The conferral date for spring graduates is May 12, 2023.

The Ceremony

May 12-13, Cistern Yard


Master's candidates are eligible to receive 4 tickets.

Eligible students must complete the participation survey that is distributed to their student email account by the Commencement Committee.  The survey will open on Friday, March 17 at noon and close on Friday, May 5 at noon.  Tickets will be released TBD to the student's College of Charleston email account.  Every guest who enters Cistern Yard will be required to have a ticket regardless of age.     

Participation Eligibility
Master's candidates who have submitted an application for graduation will be considered eligible to participate in that term's ceremony.  Students earning a graduate certificate are not eligible to participate in Commencement ceremonies.  The exception to this is if a student is also graduating with a master's degree.
Summer Graduates Seeking Permission to Participate Prior to Degree Completion

Students completing a thesis must:
- have defended or have scheduled defense to take place no later than May 15
- be enrolled in final requirements or continuous enrollment credits
- submit Permission to Defend form to the Graduate School at time of request

Students not completing a thesis must:
- be within 6 hours of degree completion
- be enrolled in final requirements at time of request
Speaker and Honorary Degree Recipients
Parking Information
Clear Bag Protocol 
Alcohol and Tobacco Policy

Diploma Information

Diplomas and graduate certificates will be ordered for students who graduate successfully in the term in which they apply.  Diplomas and graduate certificates are printed with the full legal name as it is on record at the College.  Diplomas and graduate certificates are typically mailed within 4-6 weeks of the conferral date.  Diplomas will not be released for the following reasons:

  • Account balance - check your eBill
  • Account hold - check MyPortal
  • Incomplete Financial Aid Exit Interview - contact Financial Aid
  • Missing final report for travel or research funding received from the Graduate School

The Graduate School cannot store diplomas for students with unresolved holds.  Students who do not resolve holds within 30 days of notification will be required to pay for a replacement diploma if/when the hold is resolved.   

Contact the Graduate School with questions.