Graudates at a commencement ceremony sitting in their colorful regalia.

Candidate Information

Graduates Need to Arrive - At 7:30 a.m. to the North Charleston Coliseum, East Entrance under the sky walk with your academic regalia (mortarboard cap, gown, hood, tassel). Candidates will check in to receive a line-up card with their position clearly identified by their name and number.There will be staff on hand to direct you and get you into the proper line.  

Ceremony - Commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 15, 2021, at 9 a.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum located at 5001 Coliseum Drive, North Charleston, SC 29418.

Announcements, Class Rings and Diplomas Frames - Order your official Medical University of South Carolina Graduation Announcements, Class ring and Diploma frame from Jostens at or visit the Office of Student Programs, Harper Student Center, SW213 to view samples.

Commencement Day Participation - Students may complete degree requirements at the end of the Spring semester, or the Summer semester, or the Fall semester, although the University conducts only one graduation ceremony held in the month of May. Students graduating in August and December are eligible to participate in the following May commencement ceremony. By special permission from their Dean, students expecting to complete requirements in August may participate in the prior May ceremony. Students completing their requirements in May are expected to participate in the May ceremony. (Student fees are used to pay for one diploma, mailing/handling and related Commencement activities.) Students are expected to file with the Office of Enrollment Management one online form related to graduation: the Commencement Application Form, filed the semester before the candidate's final semester.

Commencement Rehearsal - MUSC does not conduct a rehearsal prior to Commencement day. 

Decorum for the event - The commencement ceremony is undeniably of great importance to each of you, to your guests who are here to celebrate with you, to the faculty, and to the University's special guests. To preserve the proper degree of dignity that this highly academic occasion warrants, the Deans of the Colleges, the University Provost, and the President request that you and your guests do not interrupt the ceremony with inappropriate expressions. By refraining from disrupting the ceremony, you and your guests will allow the awarding of degrees to progress rapidly and with dignity. Your cooperation is appreciated.

Diplomas - Diplomas are mailed to August and December graduates in the month following completion of requirements, but are presented to May graduates during the Commencement ceremony.  Diplomas not presented during Commencement, may be picked up on campus beginning the Monday after Commencement in the Office of Enrollment Management. The Diploma is 11 inches by 14 inches printed landscape. 

Guest Seating - There are no tickets required to attend the event. However, parking is restricted and you must have a parking pass to enter the parking lot of the Coliseum.

NetIDs - Your MUSC email account will remain active for approximately 180 days after your last day as an MUSC student*.  We recommend that you prepare now so that you do not lose any valuable emails, contacts, documents, etc. Please transfer all personal data and files to a more permanent repository. If you activated your phone or other device using your MUSC email address, you will need to change your account settings to ensure your important contacts are retained before your email is deactivated. Once your email account is deactivated, it will not be reactivated.

As a courtesy, the MUSC Alumni Affairs Office offers MUSC graduates a permanent email address (different from your current one), which you may choose to register for. Details about how to sign up for this service will be sent to you by the Alumni Affairs Office after graduation.

* Current employees and those hired by MUSC during this period retain their email accounts.

Parking - Each graduate will be given only TWO vehicle passes for the ceremony as parking at the North Charleston Coliseum is restricted this year. 

Purse and Valuables - There is a clear bag policy for this event. Please review the NC Bag Policy for additional information at Graduates please do not bring personal items with you that will not fit into your pockets as there is no place to store them during the event (purses, cameras, hangers, umbrellas). Once you walk across the stage you will NOT return to your original seat. 

Photography - In an effort to inform the parents of graduates about photos at the upcoming Commencement ceremony, Chapell Graduation Images has developed a new preregistration system which allows the graduates and/or their parents to provide their email and mailing address information to Chappell prior to the ceremony. They can also add up to 6 family members' contact information as well to help share the good news and the photos! Graduates can preregister their own email address, as well as addresses for friends and family. Graduation Images will contact them just as soon as their photos are available for online viewing and ordering. Visit GradImages to register at

Regalia - The academic costume consists of black gown of the appropriate degree level, mortarboard cap, hood and tassel. The MUSC hood color (inside) is gold and black the outside trim is associated to the degree awarded. Only one hood may be worn. For combined degrees the color is that of the higher degree is worn. MUSC Honor Cords will also be worn as awarded by the College and University.  We do not permit any supplementary ornamentation to the Academic Regalia. Please be advised that you will be walking across the coliseum and up and down ramps/stairs as well as across the stage.

Accessibility Seating for Disabled Guests - Accessible seating is available throughout the North Charleston Coliseum. The accessible entrance to the Coliseum is located on the south side off of Montague Avenue. Seating in these areas are designated exclusively for guests with accessible requirements. 

Accessibility Parking for Disabled Guests - Accessible parking spaces are available in the parking lots surrounding the North Charleston Coliseum, Performing Arts Center, Montague Terrace, and the Charleston Area Convention Center. Vehicles that park in the designated accessible parking spaces must either display a temporary hang tag or have a permanent state license plate with the accessible parking notations. All parking in the accessible parking lots are on a first come, first served basis.

Student Holds - You will receive your diploma cover when you cross the stage; however, your actual diploma will not be available on the day of the event. It will be mailed once all of your requirements have been fulfilled. 

Transcripts - Official transcripts that you have already ordered will be mailed out as soon as your degree is posted usually the week after graduation. Remember that effective immediately after you graduate, the cost of transcripts is $20.00 per paper copy and $10.00 per electronic copy. Free paper copies are provided to enrolled students if your request is received prior to your date of graduation.