Graudates at a commencement ceremony sitting in their colorful regalia.

Guest Information


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.

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.

Directions to the Coliseum 

Guest Seating

All graduates will be issued 5 tickets for guests to attend the ceremony.  Children under two-years-old do not require a ticket, as long as they sit on a lap. Guest Tickets are assigned in groups of 5 seats to make up a "seating pods" 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 North Charleston Coliseum COVID-19 Guidelines for Guests can be found at

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 is designated exclusively for guests with accessible requirements. 


Masks are required to attend the event. 


Parking is on a first-come, first-served basis.

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.

Clear Bag Policy at the Coliseum

There is a clear bag policy for this event. Please review the NC Bag Policy for additional information at


In an effort to inform the parents of graduates about photos at the upcoming Commencement ceremony, GradImages 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

Watch the Ceremony

To accommodate those who are not able to attend commencement in person, the University will livestream all ceremonies. Anyone deemed at an increased risk for COVID-19 by public health officials is strongly encouraged to view the livestream rather than attend the ceremony in person.

Links to the livestream will be posted prior to the ceremony.