Columbia College graduate

Columbia College is excited to welcome graduates, friends, families, and loved ones to Commencement on Friday, April 26, 2024, to celebrate their exceptional academic achievements.

Below, you will find helpful information and resources for participants and guests. Additional ceremony details will become available closer to the ceremony date.

Date, Time, and Location

Columbia College will celebrate both graduate and undergraduate ceremonies on Friday, April 26, 2024, at 10:00 AM at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center, 1101 Lincoln St, Columbia, SC 29201.

Live Stream

To accommodate those unable to attend commencement in person, the College will livestream all ceremonies through Columbia College’s YouTube page

Ticket Information

Tickets are required for all guests attending the graduation ceremony. Each graduate will receive an allotted number of tickets for their guests. Tickets are sent to each graduate via email to disperse to their loved ones.

Parking, Guest Arrival, and Seating

Parking for commencement is free and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Please plan to arrive early to allow time for parking and seating. Doors to the commencement venue will open one hour before the start of the ceremony (9:00 AM) and close 10 minutes before the ceremony begins (9:50 AM). Latecomers will be allowed to enter the venue after the processional.

Etiquette & Attire

Commencement is a formal, dignified ceremony recognizing the academic achievements of the College's scholars. While it is an occasion for celebration, it also calls for a level of decorum befitting this long-standing, respected tradition.

  • To participate in commencement, all candidates must wear a Columbia College cap and gown. Cap and gown orders are processed through the Jostens Columbia College website.
  • Stoles and cords for academic and service honors will be provided to qualifying candidates before the commencement ceremony. Beneath the regalia, candidates are asked to dress professionally, similar to what you might wear to a formal business interview.

Ceremony Photography

For the convenience of our graduation candidates and their families, the College has arranged for a professional photographer to capture the moment candidates are awarded their diplomas. The College’s Marketing and Communications Office also provides photography and videography at the event, which is available on social media after the ceremony.

Family members and friends are encouraged to remain seated and enjoy the ceremony.


Students requiring any special assistance during the ceremony should contact Student Affairs at 803.786.3720.

For any graduation-related questions, please contact the Registrar's Office at 803.786.3672 or