Graduation season in Charleston, SC

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It’s graduation season, and we’ve got a quick rundown on commencement schedules, photo ops, and things to do with visitors with a dash of nostalgia for students and alum. We rounded up a handful of universities in Charleston with upcoming graduation ceremonies and outlined a few fun activities.

🎓 College of Charleston
Undergrads at CofC will graduate in the Cistern Yard on Fri., May 6 at 4 p.m. and Sat. May 7 at 10 a.m. and graduate students will walk across the stage at 4 p.m. on Sat., May 7. 

🎓 The Citadel

The Citadel graduation ceremonies will be held on Sat., May 7 at McAlister Field House. The South Carolina Corps of Cadets will graduate at 9 a.m. and grads and undergrads will receive their diplomas at 3:30 p.m.

  • Head to college bar Big John’s Tavern: Charleston’s oldest tavern closed after a fire, but was brought back to life by students of The Citadel.
  • Long Gray Line: Watch the Graduation Parade on Fri., May 6 at 3:45 p.m.
  • Garden Party: Meet the president and first lady of The Citadel and enjoy light refreshments on Fri., May 6. 

🎓 Charleston Southern University

CSU will hold a graduation ceremony at North Charleston Coliseum on Sat., May 7 at 10 a.m., celebrating the Class of 2022 + graduates from May 2022, Dec. 2021, and Aug. 2021. The College of Education Graduate Programs Commencement will be held at Lightsey Chapel on Fri., May 6 at 5 p.m.

  • The first Bucky the Mascot reveal: Snap a photo with Bucky, CSU’s biggest fan and cheerleader.
  • Bucky’s Bon Voyage: Attend a lunch for graduates and their guests on Fri., May 6 from 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m.
  • Nursing Pinning Ceremony: Head to Lightsey Chapel for this event on Thurs., May 5 at 2 p.m.

🎓 Medical University of South Carolina:
MUSC will hold its commencement on Sat., May 21 at 10 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. 

  • Picnic at Brittlebank Park: Pack all your favorites for a scenic picnic in the park and be sure to get some grad photos on the dock.
  • Tour the Urban Farm: Schedule a tour of the farm where students, faculty, staff, and the community can learn about the connection between food and health.

Congratulations, grads — and welcome to Charleston, families and friends.