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Commencement Information

May Commencement Information

Sunday, May 8, 2016 at 2 p.m.

McAlister Field House, The Citadel

Graduates should arrive no later than 1 p.m.

Guests should be seated by 1:45 p.m.

Speaker: Costa M. Pleicones, Chief Justice, S.C. Supreme Court

Graduation Form:

All students who plan to graduate in May 2016 must complete the Graduation Form and return it to Dean Jennifer Summers


Light hor d'oeuvres will be served immediately following the commencement ceremony.


Admission into commencement is free and unlimited


McAlister Field House
171 Moultrie Street
Charleston, SC 29409
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Parking is available in lots noted on the map as Decal Parking, as well as some visitor parking locations also noted on the map.

Handicapped parking will be directly across from McAlister Field House in the lot marked Decal Parking.


School of Law regalia: tam, tassel, gown and hood are required to participate.
Honor cords and pro bono cords will also be distributed. 

Under the robe you should wear comfortable clothing. You will want to be appropriately dressed for the reception once you remove your robe. Gentlemen should wear a tie. 

What not to wear/bring: sunglasses, croakies, purses, cell phones or flip flops. There is not a secure location to leave these items if brought in. 


Blocks of rooms has been reserved at three downtown hotels.

To book online reservations at the The Hampton Inn - Charleston Historic District, click here. You may also call 843.723.4000 and provide "CSL" as the group code.

To book reservations at the Holiday Inn Historic District, call 843.718.2327 and provide "CSL" as the group code.

To book reservations at the Francis Marion Hotel, call 843.722.0600, and ask for the Charleston Law School Room Block. 


GradImages will provide professional photography of each graduate as they cross the stage. Please complete an information card (during regalia pick-up) if you are interested in ordering photos.

Photographs will be posted online on the Charleston School of Law GradImages Page. Students will be provided a private password to access their individual images, or they may look them up by entering their last name and graduation year. Email notifications will be sent to each student when the photographs are available online, usually within 48 hours. Full color proof cards will be mailed to the student's home address within one week following the ceremony. For additional information, visit the GradImages website

Bar Exam Hotel:

For information about hotels for the July 2016 South Carolina Bar Exam, click here.