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. 

Winter 2021 Commencement

Saturday, December 18, 2021
2:00 PM ET
TD Arena
301 Meeting Street, Charleston, SC


1. The ceremony begins at 2:00 PM sharp on December 18th, but you must arrive at TD Arena to line up beginning at 12:30 PM. Candidates, You will receive an email on Wednesday of next week with instructions about line up. The line-up instructions will also be on the website. The ceremony lasts 90-120 minutes.

2. Traditionally men wear a tux with a black jacket and black tie for the winter ceremony and women wear black dresses or outfits. More details about attire and flowers can be found on the commencement website.

3. As you line up you will have the opportunity to help the name reader (Professor Thomas Spade) with the pronunciation of your name. You will also receive your Latin Honors medallions if applicable.

4. Your 10 tickets for guests will arrive via email approximately one week before the ceremony.
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.