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Saturday, May 7


3:30 p.m. Graduate College Legacy Photo

Alumni parents and graduates will have their photographs taken.

Place: McAlister Field House

Approx. Running Time: 30 minutes

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for fathers; dress or business suit for mothers; cap and gown for graduate.

Special Information: Family photos may also be taken at this time as the legacy group photo of alumni parents and their graduating sons/daughters.


5 p.m. CGC Commencement Exercises

Place: McAlister Field House

Speaker: Charleston RiverDogs’ Co-owner Gene Budig
Approx. Running Time: 1 ½ hours

Suggested Dress: Coat and tie for fathers; dress or business suit for mothers; cap and gown for graduate.

Suggested Arrival: All guests are asked to be seated by 4:45 p.m.

Suggested Parking: Parking is allowed on-campus near McAlister Field House using any space not marked as reserved. There will be sufficient parking on campus for the graduates, families and guests of the graduates.  No parking is allowed in Hampton Park.

Graduates and Participants: Graduates will gather in Deas Hall no later than 4 p.m. for robing and lineup.

Special Information: A professional photographer will take photos of each graduate during the diploma pre­sentation. Families are asked not to come forward to take family snapshots or video. GradImages will contact graduates and their families following commencement with more information. Questions may be emailed after May 8 to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . Following commencement you may order online at www.gradimages.com or by calling 1-800-261-2576.

Only authorized media photographers are permitted on the field house floor during commencement.

What to Expect: The ceremony will begin promptly at 5 p.m. with the processional of the graduating class, the faculty and the platform party. After the invocation, national anthem and introductions of the special guests, Lt. Gen. Rosa will deliver remarks.  Awards will be presented prior to the commencement address. The presentation of candidates and conferring of degrees will precede the actual presenta­tion of diplomas.


6:30 p.m. Reception for CGC graduates and their guests hosted by Lt. Gen. and Mrs. John W. Rosa

Place: Deas Hall

Approx. Running Time: 1 hour

Special Information: CGC graduates and their families are invited to a special reception hosted by the President and First Lady in Deas Hall, which is located on the north side of McAlister Field House.