When is graduation?

Undergraduate Commencement

For undergraduate commencement information, please visit www.cofc.edu/seniorinfo/.

In order to graduate, ultimately, each student must:


Graduate Commencement

For graduate commencement information, please visit http://gradschool.cofc.edu/currentstudents/commencement/

Things to do before Graduate Commencement

  1. Apply for graduation.
    • Graduation applications are only accepted online via MyCharleston. Log in, then click on the Academic Services tab. Then, click on the Banner Self Service Link. Next, click on “Student,” then “Apply to Graduate.”
  2. Complete your degree check.
    • Ensure the Graduate School Office has a copy of your Program of Study form and any Program of Study Change forms you may have completed.
    • If you have transfer credit, which has been approved by your program, please make certain that you have ordered an official copy of your transcript to be sent to the Graduate School Office (for students in Education programs) or to be your graduate program office (all other programs). Transfer credit needs to be manually applied to your student records and this takes time.  So please request any transcripts as soon as possible.
    • If you are completing a thesis, you must successfully defend your work and submit your thesis online.
    • If comprehensive exams are required for your program, please arrange to take the exam on the scheduled dates.
    • For information or questions regarding your degree check or graduation, contact the Graduate School.
  3. Take the financial aid exit interview.
    • You must complete the online exit interview if you paid for any part of your graduate education with loans.  Your PIN is the same as your FAFSA personal identification number. Contact the Department of Education if you have forgotten your PIN.
  4. Purchase graduation regalia.
    • Purchase from the College Bookstore. The prices are subject to change and do not include SC sales tax.



How many credit hours do I need to graduate?

Undergraduate Information

For all undergraduate degrees, the total number of credit hours must include the following requirements.  A minimum of 122 credit hours is required for graduation. General education degree requirements must be satisfied, as well as courses required for the major. A complete list of General Education Requirements Resources can be found at advising.cofc.edu/general-edu/.

All undergraduate students who plan to graduate must apply to graduate. Learn more graduation information at the  registrar.cofc.edu/graduation/.


Graduate School Information

Graduate School students planning to graduate can find detailed information about the graduation process at gradschool.cofc.edu/currentstudents/commencement/checklist/.