Students should submit a completed graduation application to the Office of the Registrar to have their degree conferred. 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.
Submit completed graduation application by the dates listed below:
Graduation Fee: $115.00 pay online or in person at the cashier's window in the Hunter Center. 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 843-863-7990 immediately.
If you submit your application for graduation after the deadline, you will incur a
$50.00 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.
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.
Degrees are conferred at the end of each term; Summer, 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. While the University confers three times a year, there is only one graduation ceremony per year held at the end of the spring semester.
Students may request a duplicate diploma. The cost is $50. The request takes about 6-8 weeks for processing and delivery.
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 graduation ceremony.
Students attending after Fall 2010 and beyond
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. To obtain additional information about understanding your degree audit click here: Understanding your Degree Audit.
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.
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 Associate 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 $50.00 graduation reapplication fee.
AL: Need to pay the $50.00 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 Associate Registrar, 843-863-7990.
AR, AS or AT: This is not a hold that you need to clear to graduate. When a student applies for graduation before the next registration period is open or if a student applies for graduation and is not registered for courses, an AR warning will be placed on their account. This warning reminds the student and their advisor to register for their final semester of courses. Often, this warning will remain on the student’s account until the beginning of their last semester. For example, if a student applies for Spring graduation in the Fall, the AR warning may remain until Fall grades are posted. After Fall grades post, the AR warning will change to an A0 hold which means that the student is in their last semester of courses.
BX: Need to complete the Perkins Loan Exit Interview:
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 well-being of
CSU. As a graduate of Charleston Southern University, your name will never be used
in connection with disclosure of salary or employment information.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 843-863-7212.
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