CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) – The College of Charleston is preparing for multiple in-person Commencement ceremonies will be held for the Class of 2021.
The ceremonies will be held May 6, 7, and 8 at the College of Charleston Cistern Yard and College of Charleston Patriots Point Soccer Stadium.
Cistern Yard ceremonies will be closed to everyone except students. Deans of schools are the only exception. No other faculty or guests are permitted. Satellite viewing locations will be set up nearby for family and friends.
Seating will be limited at the Patriots Point ceremonies to comply with safe social distancing.
In the event of inclement weather, May 9 will serve as a makeup day.
Guests and graduates are required to wear face coverings at all times. Graduates will be allowed to take their face covering off for the following three events, which will be professionally photographed:
- No 1. before their name is called in the line-up
- No. 2. at a safe social distance on the Cistern or on stage at Patriots Point field with President Hsu
- No. 3. immediately after the photo with President Hsu
No diplomas will be handed out at the ceremonies.
The ceremonies will proceed as follows:
Thursday, May 6 Ceremony
- Thursday, May 6, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Ceremony at College of Charleston Patriots Point Soccer Stadium with in-person guests with all seven schools participating
Friday, May 7 Ceremonies
- Friday, May 7, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m. – Ceremony for School of Humanities and Social Sciences in College of Charleston Cistern Yard with satellite locations for guests
- Friday, May 7, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. – Ceremony for the Graduate School; School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs and School of Sciences and Mathematics in College of Charleston Cistern Yard with satellite locations for guests
Saturday, May 8 Ceremonies
- Saturday, May 8, 9:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Ceremony for School of Business in College of Charleston Cistern Yard with satellite locations for guests
- Saturday, May 8, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. – Ceremony for School of the Arts and School of Education, Health, and Human Performance in College of Charleston Cistern Yard with satellite locations for guests
- Saturday, May 8, 4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Ceremony for all seven schools for anyone who changes their participation selection to Cistern Yard or elects to participate in Cistern Yard after 12 p.m., March 31 (students who apply to graduate for the first time will still be placed in one of the above ceremonies) in College of Charleston Cistern Yard with satellite locations for guests