Graudates at a commencement ceremony sitting in their colorful regalia.

Candidate Information

Ceremony

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

  • 9:00 a.m. for graduates in the Colleges of Dental Medicine, Health Professions and Pharmacy.
  • 1:00 p.m. for graduates in the Colleges of Graduate Studies, Medicine and Nursing.

Where to Arrive 

Candidates need to arrive at the North Charleston Coliseum, East Entrance under the sky walk with academic regalia (mortarboard cap, gown, hood, tassel). You 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 to your seat.

  • 9:00 a.m. Ceremony - Graduates will need to arrive at 8:00 a.m.
  • 1:00 p.m. Ceremony - Graduates will need to arrive at Noon.

Entrance to the Coliseum floor will be closed 15 minutes before the ceremony, so please plan to arrive on time!

Communication

All University Commencement Event communications will be delivered via your MUSC email and primary phone numbers from the Commencement software, Marching Order. 

Announcements, Class Rings and Diplomas Frames

Order your official Medical University of South Carolina Graduation Announcements, Class ring and Diploma frame from Jostens at jostens.com.

Clear Bag Policy - Purse and Valuables

There is a clear bag policy for this event. Please review the NC Bag Policy for additional information at https://www.northcharlestoncoliseumpac.com/guest-services/clear-bag-policy. 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 (e.g. purses, cameras, hangers, umbrellas). Once you walk across the stage you will NOT return to your original seat. 

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. 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. 

Guests

This is a ticketed event. All graduates will be issued 5 tickets for guests to attend the ceremony. 

Guest Tickets are assigned in groups of 5 seats to make up a "seating pod" to support 6 feet of physical distancing between each group of ticket holders. The expectation is that guests will be attending with family members they have been sheltering with and/or with trusted acquaintances. Therefore, ticket sharing is discouraged. 

The section and row for your guest tickets were automatically assigned within MarchingOrder based on when you RSVP'd for the event. Graduates will not need a ticket only guests. Children under two-years-old do not require a ticket, as long as they sit on a lap. 

You can access your tickets anytime by logging in to your MarchingOrder account. 

Masks

MUSC is pleased to provide you with a commemorative mask matching your academic regalia. You will receive your mask upon check in on the day of the event. In order to maintain uniformity, all students will be asked to wear this provided mask.  

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. 

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.

Regalia Distribution

Graduation candidates will be able to pick up their caps and gowns as follows: 

College of Dental Medicine Graduates
Harper Student Center Lobby 
45 Courtenay Drive
March 25, 2021
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

College of Graduate Studies Graduates
Harper Student Center Lobby 
45 Courtenay Drive
April 8, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

College of Health Profession Graduates
The college will work directly with their graduates to distribute regalia. 

College of Medicine
Harper Student Center Lobby 
45 Courtenay Drive
March 10, 2021
11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

College of Nursing
Harper Student Center Lobby  
45 Courtenay Drive
March 31, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

College of Pharmacy
Harper Student Center Lobby  
45 Courtenay Drive
March 22, 202
11:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Student Holds 

If you have an outstanding student hold, 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. To order transcripts visit the Student Portal at life.musc.edu. 

Parking at the Coliseum

There is ample parking available at the coliseum. 

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 http://www.gradimages.com/Preregistration