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Class of 2017 graduates this Saturday

05.01.2017 // Marketing and Communication


Charleston Southern University's 2017 Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 6 at 10:00 a.m. in the North Charleston Coliseum.

Joan Berry-Robinson, Vice President and General Manager for Boeing South Carolina, will deliver the keynote message to this year's graduating class.

Charleston Business magazine recently recognized Berry-Robinson as one of the 50 most-influential people in Charleston. She also received the Woman of Distinction and Accomplishment award from Washington State African American Achievement Awards team and the Most Powerful Women in Business by Black Enterprise.

Berry said her passion is “aspiring future generations to love STEAM careers. I love to inspire children to be smart, talented, innovative engineers, technologist, mathematicians and scientist for the future of our nation and the world.”

A native of Hollywood, California, Berry earned her Bachelor of Science degree from California State Polytechnic University and a Master of Science in Engineering Management and Business from University of California.

The CSU Class of 2017 will include 657 students. The most popular degree programs from the Class of 2017 are: 

  • Business
  • Nursing
  • Kinesiology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Elementary and early childhood education
  • Psychology
  • Biology 

Event Details

Students and faculty are to be in place on the lower level of the Coliseum NO LATER than 9:00 a.m. Bring your cap and gown.
Security measures will be in effect. All bags are subject to search. As we strive to make this a very joyous and respectful time, no airhorns or other types of noise makers will be permitted.  No weapons, including pocket knives will be allowed inside the Coliseum.
As the North Charleston Arts Festival is being held on the outside of the Coliseum, parking will be very limited. Shuttles will be provided to transport guests to and from the Coliseum. FREE parking is available at the Fire Museum and Tanger Outlet Mall. The shuttle service will begin at 9:00 a.m. and the last shuttle will leave the Coliseum at 1:00 p.m.  Everyone is strongly encouraged to take advantage of the shuttle service to alleviate the volume of traffic that is anticipated at the Coliseum.

Founded in 1964, Charleston Southern University is a private, four-year liberal arts college. CSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and is affiliated with the South Carolina Baptist Convention. The university's vision is to be a Christian university nationally recognized for integrating faith in learning, leading and serving.