Graduation Information

Application Instructions
Students should submit a completed graduation application to the Office of 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 Assistant Registrar that the application has been approved and processed.

Graduation

Submit completed graduation application by the dates listed below:

Application Deadlines:

  • Summer and Fall 2014- April 11, 2014- 5 p.m. If you have not yet applied, please submit your application immediately.
  • Spring 2015- November 7, 2014

Graduation Fee: $115.00 pay online or in person at the business office. The graduation fee covers the cost of your diploma, cover, cap and gown, hood (if applicable), honors cord (if applicable), the ceremony and the cost associated with processing graduation applications. The fee is the same whether you choose to participate or not. If you told our office you did not want to participate in the commencement ceremony and you changed your mind, please call 843-863-8064 immediately.

If you submit your application for graduation after the deadline, you will incur a $25.00 late fee.

Mail a completed graduation applicationto Charleston Southern University, Office of the Registrar, PO Box 118087, Charleston, SC 29423 or fax a completed form to 843-863-8023.

To be eligible for commencement, a student must have completed all of their academic requirements. Students who finish in the summer or fall will be invited to participate in the following spring ceremony. You will receive  your diploma at the end of the semester you complete all of your requirements.

Diplomas
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. (See the academic calendar for deadlines). All financial obligations and holds 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.

  • Non-participating summer, fall and  spring graduates will be contacted to pick up their diploma and cover (or have it mailed) by the Registrar's office normally within two weeks after the semester/term ends. 
  • Fall and summer graduates participating in the spring ceremony will be contacted within two weeks after the semester/ term ends to pick up or mail their diploma immediately; your cover will be given to you at the ceremony.
  • Spring participating graduates will receive their diploma and cover at commencement.

Duplicate Diploma
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.


Commencement Ceremony

Charleston Southern will hold its commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 9, 2015, 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.

Commencement Attire: Your cap and gown can be picked up at the CSU Bookstore in March at the Grad Fair. If you are unable to go to the Grad Fair, you may  pick up your cap and gown afterwards in the Bookstore. Contact the Bookstore for their hours. You will receive more information as the time approaches. You can have your cap and gown mailed to you. Please contact the Bookstore at 843-863-8017; there is a processing fee. Female students are to wear slacks, dress or skirts with dress shoes. Male students are to wear 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 honors. Graduate students will receive their hoods at check in.

Commencement Rehearsal

Graduation rehearsal is on Friday, May 8, 2015, at 1:30 p.m. at Charleston Southern University, Lightsey Chapel Auditorium. Rehearsal is not mandatory but is highly recommended.

Graduation Luncheon

There will be a graduation luncheon on Friday, May 8, 2015, at noon in the Charleston Southern University dining hall. You will receive information from our Alumni Office concerning the luncheon.

Graduation Announcements
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 2014 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.

Graduation Requirements

Students should submit a completed graduation application to the Office of the Registrar to initiate the graduation process. Once the application is received, your record will be audited and you will receive a confirmation email from the Assistant Registrar to your CSU student email 1-2 weeks after that the application has been approved and processed. Students with 61 hours or more may request one official degree audit through their MyCSU account.

Academic Eligibility

  • 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. To receive two degrees from CSU, you must first complete one degree, with a major and minor (if required); you will then have to choose a new major (and minor if required) and complete at least 36 new hours. For more information about receiving a second diploma, see Policy R 28.
  • 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.

Chapel Credits

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.

Christian Studies
323: Philosophy of Religion

329: World Religions 
417: History of Religion in America 
423: Christian Ethics 

Sociology/Christian Studies 324: Sociology of Religion 

Psychology/Christian Studies 340: Psychology of Religious Experience  

Physics 333: Cosmology, Creation and Christianity

Degree Audits
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.

Once you have earned 61 hours or more, you can request an official degree audit through your MyCSU account. Click on the student tab, on the left click on forms and fill out the online form. You will receive an email from the Registrar's Office within two weeks with your audit. Students can only receive one official audit. When you apply to graduate, we automatically audit your record.

How to Clear Common Graduation Holds

The following are common 'holds' placed on a graduating student. All true holds must be cleared in order for your degree to be conferred, you to be eligible to participate in commencement and to receive your diploma. Any student who has a hold on their account during the last week of classes may not be eligible to graduate. If you do not graduate because of a hold, you will need to clear the hold and then reapply for graduation. There is a $25.00 fee to reapply. You will not have to pay the $115.00 graduation fee again. Your degree would then be conferred at the end of the next term/semester. Please do not apply for graduation if you will not be able to clear all holds before the end of the term/semester.

A0: This is not a hold that you need to clear to graduate. Once you apply to graduate, we place this hold on your account. If you need to drop, add or withdraw from a class, you will need to see the Assistant Registrar to make these changes. Once your degree is conferred, the A0 hold is removed and we place a RA hold on your record.

AG: Need to pay the $115.00 graduation fee. You can pay at the cashier's window, online through Online Payments, or mail your check to the business office. You can also use your refund check to pay the graduation fee. Log onto your MyCSU account, click on the student tab, click on forms, click on Transfer Funds Request and choose to pay the graduation fee.

AI: Need to pay the $25.00 graduation reapplication fee.

AL: Need to pay the $25.00 late graduation application fee.

AM: Student has a balance and has applied to graduate. Contact the Business Office to clear this hold 843-863-8058.

AN: Student needs to submit an application for graduation. Go to the Office of the Registrar.

AP: Student applied for graduation but is not in all of the correct courses; contact the Assistant Registrar, 843-863-8064.

B1: Student has a balance. View your account through MyCSU. Contact the Business Office to clear this hold 843-863-8058.

BX: Need to complete the Perkins Loan Exit Interview:

Step 1: Log on to www.ecsi.net

Step 2: Select "Students"

Step 3: On the following screen, you will login to access your account

Step 4: It will ask you for the following information:

School Code : W8

Account Number : Your Social Security Number

Password : If you do not remember your password that you created for your promissory note, call 1-888-549-3274. This number is to

ECSI and they will give you your password.

Step 5: On the following screen, select "Sign my E-Exit"

BT: Student has a balance. View your account through MyCSU. Contact the Business Office to clear this hold 843-863-8058.

CP: Each year The Career Center at Charleston Southern University (CSU) is mandated to collect crucial placement information from ALL CSU GRADUATES prior to graduation. This crucial information is being collected for statistical purposes related to recruitment and retention, and would serve as your contribution to the continued wellbeing of CSU. As a graduate of Charleston Southern University, your name will never be used in connection with disclosure of salary or employment information. The short Graduate Placement Survey is located on the CSU home page at MyCSU. You will not need to log into MyCSU to access this link.

F3: Student must complete Exit Counseling.  All students who received either the Direct Subsidized Stafford Loan or Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loan program must complete the Exit Loan Counseling online at www.studentloans.gov.  You will need your FAFSA Pin to access this site.  Federal Regulations require Charleston Southern University's Financial Aid Office to provide Exit Loan Counseling to all Federal Student Loan borrowers who are no longer enrolled half-time (6hrs), are scheduled to graduate, who have withdrawn or do not return to school, or even if you plan to attend another university, so they will better understand their rights and responsibilities.  The Exit Counseling provides important information about your student loans.  Upon completion of the exit counseling, confirmation will be sent to Charleston Southern University and the Department of Education. If you have any questions, please contact the Enrollment Services Office at 800-947-7474/843-863-7050 or by email at financialaid@csuniv.edu.

RA: Once a student's degree is conferred an RA hold is placed on your record. If you plan on attending CSU again, you will need to submit an application for admission.

S4: Student does not have enough chapel credits to graduate. If there are enough opportunities to attend chapel to meet your requirement, attend chapel. If you there are not enough chapels left to meet your requirement, contact the Dean of Students at 843-863-8008.

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