For questions, please contact the Registrar's office at 843-863-8060; email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Registrar's office on the second floor of the Strom Thurmond Center. Our fax number is 843-863-8023.
Students should submit a completed graduation application to the registrar to participate in the commencement ceremony. Once the application is received, your record will be audited and you will receive a confirmation email from the registrar that the application has been approved and processed.
Submit completed graduation application by the dates listed below.
Spring 2013 semester-January 8th - 5 p.m.If you have not received a graduation letter from the office of the registrar then you may not be on the spring 2013 graduation list. Please contact the registrar's office as soon as possible.
Summer or Fall 2013 - May 24th- 5 p.m.Apply when you register for the term. Do not wait until you pay for the graduation fee to apply.
Graduation fee: $115.00 pay online or in person at the business office.
If you submit your application for graduation after the deadline, you will incur a $25.00 late fee.
Mail a completed graduation application to Charleston Southern University, Office of the Registrar, PO Box 118087, Charleston, SC 29423 or fax a completed form to 843-863-8023.
Degrees are conferred at the end of each term; summer II, fall and spring. It is important to apply for graduation the term before you are going to meet your academic requirements. All financial obligations must be cleared in order for the degree to be conferred. The University confers three times a year, but there is one graduation ceremony a year which is at the end of the spring semester.
Students may request a duplicate diploma. The cost is $50, and you may pay online. The request takes about 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery.
Mail a completed duplicate diploma request to Charleston Southern University, Office of the Registrar, PO Box 118087, Charleston, SC 29423 or fax a completed form to 843-863-8023.
Charleston Southern will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 4, 2013, at 10 a.m. at the North Charleston Coliseum. No tickets are required; first-come
seating. Participants must arrive by 9 a.m. dressed in cap and gown to check in. Note: Attire for graduation: female students- slacks, dress or skirts with dress shoes;
male students- slacks, white shirt and tie with dress shoes. No flip flops allowed!
Honor cords are given at check in. Students in the graduate programs do not receive
Graduation rehearsal is on Friday, May 3, 2013, at 1:30 p.m. at Charleston Southern University, Lightsey Chapel Auditorium.
There will be a graduation luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2013, at noon in the Charleston Southern University dining hall.
To purchase graduation announcements, please visit the University Bookstore or call 843-863-8017. Jostens provides beautiful custom announcements and thank-you cards to upcoming graduates. You can also order online at www.jostens.com.
Graduation Photos & Videos
Professional photos and videos will be available for purchase of the 2013 graduation ceremony.
- To preorder a graduation video, contact IVS at 843-577-0609 prior to the ceremony. Preorder price is $19.95. Videos ordered after the ceremony (843-577-0609) will be $25.
- GradImages takes photos of each graduate as he/she receives his/her diploma. GradImages will send a proof and ordering information to each graduate a few weeks after graduation. Proofs will be mailed to the permanent address you have on file in the registrar's office.
Students should submit a completed graduation application to the registrar to initiate
the graduation process. Students may request one official degree audit through their
MyCSU account. Once the application is received, your record will be audited and you
will receive a confirmation email from the registrar to your CSU student email 1-2
weeks after that the application has been approved and processed.
It is solely and only the student’s responsibility to meet the requirements for graduation. All forms of advising are for informational purposes only. Students may view their unofficial advising worksheet (degree audit) through their MyCSU account. After logging in, click on the student tab, then click on courses and grades, then click on Course Needs (Advising Worksheet). Your advising worksheet is an unofficial check of the requirements you have completed and the requirements you have remaining. While unofficial, it should accurately reflect your progress in meeting your graduation requirements. If you believe there is an error, it is your responsibility to contact the Office of the Registrar. If you do not understand how to read your audit, please contact your academic advisor.
All full-time students (with 12 credit hours or more) are required to fulfill the Chapel attendance requirement (this includes students who have recently converted to full-time status after having attended Charleston Southern University as part-time or evening students). These units are independent of the 125 academic credits needed for graduation. Chapels credits can be checked on MyCSU.
Students attending before Fall 2010: All students must earn an average of three (3) Convocation Enrichment Units (nonacademic credit), to a maximum total of 24, for every semester that they are enrolled as a full-time student in order to be eligible to graduate from Charleston Southern University (for these purposes, a day student is any student who is not taking at least 50 percent of his or her courses through online and nontraditional programs).
Students attending after Fall 2010 and beyond: All Students must earn an average of six (6) Chapel Enrichment Units (nonacademic credit), to a maximum total of 48, for every semester that they are enrolled as a full-time student in order to be eligible to graduate from Charleston Southern University (for these purposes, a day student is any student who is not taking at least 50 percent of his or her courses through online and nontraditional programs). These units are independent of the 125 academic credits needed for graduation.
Satisfactorily complete up to three of the approved academic courses listed below. A student may earn three credit hours and get three Chapel units for each of the three courses selected.
323 - Philosophy of Religion
329 - World Religions
417 - History of Religion in America
423 - Christian Ethics
324 - Sociology of Religion
340 - Psychology of Religious Experience
Major/Minor Requirements: A student desiring to graduate must have selected a major
and minor field of concentration. Some majors do not require a minor. Additionally,
students selecting a double major are not required to select a minor. A double major
does not mean you have completed two baccalaureate degrees. Therefore,you will only
receive one diploma.
Bachelor's Degree: A student will be eligible for graduation upon successful completion of 125 credit hours, including all Liberal Arts Core (LAC), major and minor requirements, with an overall 2.00 GPA and a 2.00 GPA in his/her major and minor. To be eligible for graduation with honors, at least 60 hours of the course work to be applied to the degree must have been earned at Charleston Southern University. For the purpose of calculating GPA for graduation with honors, only course work taken at Charleston Southern University will be included in that calculation.
Master's Degree: To be eligible for graduation a student must complete professional
core and specialization area requirements with a 3.00 GPA. (See graduate catalog for
specific degree requirements.) A student does not receive honors in the graduate program.