Winter 2021 Commencement

The CofC community is excited to celebrate the Class of 2021's winter graduates with a commencement ceremony held in TD Arena on Saturday, December 18, 2021.  Graduation participation information is provided below. Details on how graduates register their guests and other event information are provided using the links in the menu on this page.

Event Schedule

The winter commencement ceremony is scheduled for 2:00 PM ET, December 18, 2021 in the TD Arena at 301 Meeting St, Charleston, SC 29401.

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

The ceremonies will be live-streamed, and approximately three weeks later, the ceremony videos will be available on the commencement website. 

COVID Protocols

Face Coverings: Face coverings must be worn correctly at all times except as noted. When crossing the stage, three photographs will be taken in quick succession, and you do not have to wear your face covering for these photographs. Your covering can stay off for these three professional photo shots: 1. before you cross the Stage, 2. on the Stage at a safe social distance with President Hsu and 3. after you exit the Stage. After your three photographs have been taken, please immediately put your face covering back on. 

Note: There will be no diplomas handed out and no handshakes. Master’s candidates will process wearing their hoods, instead of traditional “hooding”.  

Social Distancing: This will be a no contact event, and social distancing of a minimum of 3’ is mandatory. Guests are encouraged to sit in social pods and try to maintain 3’ away from other pods.




A graduation application is required before a student is eligible to participate in an upcoming commencement ceremony. Failure to complete the application promptly can result in a delay in both degree posting and diploma ordering, and it can also result in the student's name being omitted from the commencement program and ceremony ticket list. (Participation in commencement is assumed and encouraged, however, it is not mandatory. The Qualtrics Participation Choice survey is not a substitute for a graduation application. Please apply as directed.)

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