This information is designed to assist undergraduates who are seeking to earn a bachelor's degree at the College of Charleston. Students should always confer with their academic advisor to ensure that they are on track to graduate as planned.
Keep in mind that graduation = completing all requirements for an academic program (also referred to as program of study or curriculum) and is discussed separately from commencement ceremony eligibility. The Commencement website has the most up-to-date information available concerning commencement, senior events, diploma deadlines and availability.
Follow the links below for more information on each topic.
What Do I Need to Do to Graduate?
In order to graduate, ultimately, each student must:
- Complete all General Education and Institutional Requirements.
- Satisfy the First-Year Experience requirement, when applicable.
- Complete all major and degree requirements (including concentration/cognate or minor if applicable).
- Apply for Graduation via MyCharleston (click on Apply for Graduation for more information or login to MyCharleston to apply via Banner Self-Service which is located on the Academic Services tab)
To help ensure successful completion of the requirements for graduation, students are advised to:
- Review their Degree Works degree audit with their advisor and determine an expected graduation term.
- Meet with your academic advisor
- Review Graduation Status Notification (will be sent exclusively to your college-issued email account (i.e. firstname.lastname@example.org)
How Do I Apply to Graduate?
A graduation application is required before a degree can be awarded.
- Click Apply for Graduation for application availability and deadline dates. To apply after the deadline a paper form will be required and a $25 late fee will be added to your regular graduation fee. Contact the Office of the Registrar for assistance if needed.
- A $25 LATE FEE (non-refundable) will be applied if the Graduation Application is submitted after the deadline. Late applications are available in the Office of the Registrar or contact Graduation@cofc.edu to have one emailed to you.
- Pay the Graduation Fee (after you apply to graduate - pay via your MyCharleston account just as you would any other academic fee)
- Review Diploma information (includes replacement information). All diplomas will be mailed 4-8 weeks after degree conferral.
- Graduating with Honors (Latin Honors)
- A Graduation Update form is required if you have applied and need to change your graduation term, diploma address or other information.
- Second Bachelor's Degree Policy (beginning Fall 2008) - please see the Academic Regulations section of the Undergraduate Academic Catalog.
This website is not a substitute for advising. Students should refer to the undergraduate catalog and work with their advisor to ensure successful graduation. Please report errors or send comments to the Graduation Coordinator.
Graduate Students (Master's Candidates)
Master's candidates should refer to the Graduate School's commencement website for information.