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Commencement Ceremony - Undergraduate

The College of Charleston offers two commencement ceremonies for its undergraduate candidates – one in December and one in May. Each ceremony is unique and beautiful.

December Ceremony

The December ceremony (sometimes called “mid-year" or "winter" commencement) will take place at the TD Arena on campus. Details about the December ceremony can be found on the Senior Information website during the fall term. Tickets are required for guests attending the December ceremony. Each graduation candidate will be eligible to receive 10 (subject to change) tickets. Ceremony ticket information can be found on the Senior Information website.  If assistance is need with regard to ceremony tickets, you may contact the TD Arena Box Office.

May Ceremony

The May ceremonies take place outdoors in our beautiful and historic Cistern Yard. There are two ceremonies – one in the morning and one in the afternoon of the same day. Details (including dates, times and ticket information) about the May ceremony can be found on the Senior Information website during the spring term.  Because of the large number of graduates who participate, tickets are required for guest admission. Each graduation candidate will be eligible to receive 4 tickets for their guests who wish to join them in the Cistern Yard. If assistance is needed with regard to commencement ceremony tickets contact the TD Arena Box Office.

Additional tickets are only available on a limited basis by raffle at several senior events that take place throughout the year.  Contact the Senior Class Council for more information.

Additional Seating (no ticket required)

Accommodations are made for guests who do not have tickets via electronic viewing at "satellite" locations. Details will be included on the Senior Information website as they become available.

Commencement Ceremony Eligibility and Options

Students may participate in either the December or May commencement ceremony following completion of all graduation requirements. Students completing all graduation requirements in the Summer term may participate in the December ceremony of the same year or the May ceremony of the following year. Since ceremony participation is assumed, applicants for graduation who are eligible for commencement do not need to inform our office of their commencement intentions, but may do so via the Graduation Application. Telling us your ceremony intention helps us to prepare for the event but does not change your eligibility to participate.  Graduation candidates and their families can stay up-to-date about commencement information by bookmarking and checking the Senior Information Website often.

Multi-majors

Students graduating with more than one major (if being completed in the same term) may choose the major with which they would like to participate and all pre-cleared majors will be noted in the Commencement Program. Contact the registrar's office for information about ceremony participation if you are completing more than one major/degree program in different terms (e.g. graduating with HTMT in spring and BADM in summer term) or if you have questions concerning eligibility. Students pursuing more than one degree should read the Second Bachelor's Degree Policy (effective beginning Fall 2008).

Students who fail to apply to graduate will not be on any of our commencement checklists.

Fall Term Graduates

Students who are on track to graduate (i.e. preliminarily cleared) for the fall term will be eligible for participation in the December ceremony. Participation is assumed and encouraged, however, it is optional. If a fall graduate does not participate in the December ceremony, he/she will automatically be eligible, and on the lists, for the following May ceremony.

Spring Term Graduates

Students who are on track to graduate (i.e. preliminarily cleared) in the spring term will be eligible for participation in the May ceremony. Participation is assumed and encouraged, however, it is optional.

Summer Term Graduates (includes Maymester, May Evening, Summer I, II and Summer Evening)

Students who graduate in the summer term will be eligible for participation in that same year's December ceremony or the following year's May ceremony. If a summer graduate does not participate in the December ceremony, he/she will automatically be eligible, and on the lists, for the following May ceremony. Participation is assumed and encouraged, however, it is optional.

Latin Honors Recognition at Commencement

Latin honors recognized at commencement are presumptive and are based on the cumulative GPA that the student has earned in the term prior to the graduation term (i.e., before graduation term grades are posted).

Students who do not meet honors requirements until after all grades are in for their graduation term, will not be recognized for honors in the commencement program. Actual honors earned will be noted on both the transcript and on the diploma once all grades are recorded.

Students who graduate in the fall (or summer) of the year prior to the ceremony and walk in May will have their actual honors earned recognized. Students who are allowed to participate in the ceremony by petition/exception will not be recognized for honors.

Exceptions to Ceremony Participation Eligibility

In some circumstances, a student may participate in a ceremony before he/she is eligible to do so. The faculty will allow this by petition if the student meets certain strict requirements. Click Petition to Participate for more information.

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