Commencement

Graduation is a rite of passage at every university. But at the College of Charleston, commencement is truly a one-of-a-kind event – a quintessentially Southern tradition that bonds generations of CofC alumni and creates indelible memories in an iconic setting. Clad in white dresses and dinner jackets, and regalia for our masters' candidates, graduating students each May process to the stage for one of the most visually stunning commencement ceremonies in the country. For our winter commencement, graduates donning black attire walk the stage in our TD Arena in December. 


May 2022 Spring Commencement Program

The Commencement Ceremonies will be broadcast on the College of Charleston Facebook page and the College of Charleston YouTube page. 

Practice

Wednesday, May 4, 2022

9-10:30 a.m. School of Business, School of Education, Health and Human Performance 

11 -12:30 p.m. School of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

1- 2:30 p.m. Graduate School, School of the Arts and School of Science and Mathematics

Friday, May 6 Ceremonies in the Cistern Yard 

4 p.m.

School of Humanities and Social Sciences

School of Languages, Cultures and World Affairs

Saturday, May 7 Ceremonies in the Cistern Yard 

10 a.m.

School of Business

School of Education, Health and Human Performance 

Saturday, May 7 Ceremonies in the Cistern Yard 

4 p.m.

School of the Arts

The Graduate School

School of Science and Mathematics

Tickets

Barring any unforeseen changes due to COVID19 restrictions, each graduate may request up to the maximum of four tickets for the appropriate ceremony in Cistern Yard.  Tickets are ceremony specific and may not be used for any other ceremony. With no pandemic pivots, tickets will be loaded directly to the graduate’s g.cofc.edu email account beginning Monday, May 2.

All bachelor’s candidates who applied to graduate Fall ’21 – Summer ’22 who applied to graduate from Spring ’22 – Summer ‘22 will receive an email on March 16 to fill out the participation/ticket survey.

All master’s candidates who applied to graduate in Spring ’22 and indicated they will walk will receive an email on March 16 to fill out the participation/ticket survey.

Summer ‘22 master’s candidates should contact olejniczakrl@cofc.edu to determine their participation eligibility.

If you completed your degree from Fall ’19 – Summer ’21 and wish to participate in the Spring ’22 set of ceremonies, bachelor’s graduates should contact graduation@cofc.edu and master’s graduates should contact olejniczakrl@cofc.edu

Check back for updated information


If necessitated by health-related concerns or mandates by local, state or federal guidance, the College reserves the right to make changes to ceremony plans, including the number of in-person guests allowed after the release of tickets. While we do not foresee this happening, we highly recommend  that guests seek refundable travel plans where possible.