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You'll Always Remember Your Graduation Day

Commencement is an important milestone in your life. Your graduation day will be full of memories that you'll cherish for years to come. We want you and your loved ones to fully enjoy each moment, and have a great experience throughout the event.

Check this page regularly for updates about upcoming ceremonies, purchasing professional photographs and video, and sharing the good news of your graduation! Further information for students preparing to graduate is available in the "Student Information" tab at right.
 

Questions about graduation day?

Contact JOHNNA SHIRLEY at JSHIRLEY@COKER.EDU or
JENNIFER RHODES at JRHODES@COKER.EDU

 

Spring Commencement

May 12, 2018  |  8:00 a.m.
Courtyard at Davidson Hall

For undergraduate students who complete their degree requirements in J-Term, February, March, or May


Rehearsal

Graduating undergraduate students are required to attend rehearsal on Friday, May 11. Check-in will be from 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. in the Stein Gallery, located inside the front entrance of the Performing Arts Center. During check-in, students will receive final clearance from the Office of Academic Records and Student Accounts, as well as verify the pronunciation of their name. Graduating students will then move to the Watson Theater to begin rehearsal, ending with a practice walk to the outside stage, followed by the Senior Toast at 5:00 p.m. (In the event of inclement weather, the rehearsal schedule will remain the same, with all activities moved to the DeLoach Center.)

Graduation Day

The commencement ceremony will be held at the Courtyard at Davidson Hall, beginning promptly at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 12. Graduating students MUST check in at 7:00 a.m. at the Watson Theater. 
Video of the ceremony will be live-streamed at www.livestream.com/cokercobras.

Inclement Weather Plan

Coker College will make every attempt to hold commencement at the courtyard at Davidson Hall for the spring ceremony. If a decision to activate the inclement weather plan is made, Commencement will be moved to the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center and will begin at 10:00 a.m. Graduates will check-in and assemble at the Harris E. & Louise H. DeLoach Center by 8:00 a.m. Weather information will be updated by 6:00 a.m. Saturday morning and may be checked by calling 843-383-8000 or checking this webpage.
 


 

Graduate Hooding & Commencement Ceremony
May 11, 2018  |  6:00 p.m. 
Drengaelen House of Coker College

For students graduating from a Coker master's degree program only. RSVP required by April 13, 2018. 

Winter Commencement

Date & Time TBA
DeLoach Center

For students who complete their degree requirements in May Interim, June, July, August, September, October, or December

Tips for Students on Graduation Day

  • Keep appropriate business casual dress in mind when you’re getting ready. Suggested attire for women includes: dress, blouse and skirt, or blouse and pants. Suggested attire for men includes: dress shirt, long pants, and dress shoes. Please avoid wearing jeans, casual t-shirts, tennis shoes, flip flops, or casual shorts.
     
  • Be sure you can walk easily in your shoes! And watch your step—we don’t want any trips or slips!
     
  • Silence your phone before the ceremony begins. Your ringtone is awesome—but nobody wants to hear it during Pomp and Circumstance.
     
  • Once you have taken your seat, you will need to remain seated until the end of the ceremony (except when you’re crossing the stage, of course)! Be sure to take bathroom breaks or make band-aid runs to the first aid station before we start!
     
  • Stay with us for all of commencement. Please don’t walk out during your fellow graduates’ special moment. Stick around and share some #CokerPride!
     
  • Professional photography will be taken of each graduate during the ceremony. These images will be available for purchase at cokercollege.smugmug.com, beginning a few days after commencement.
     
  • Diplomas will be available for pickup immediately following the ceremony, in the Watson Theater. If you do not pick up your diploma at that time, it will be mailed to your last known address on file in the Office of Academic Records.
     
  • ENJOY your moment and your special day! You've earned it! 

Just Graduated!

Congratulations! We are so proud of you, and look forward to hearing about your future success! ​

You may be interested in obtaining some of the images captured by our professional photographer during commencement day. Feel free to browse our photo galleries and order any photographs that may interest you.

We also welcome you to submit news of your recent graduation to your local paper. To do so, please visit the link below and click on the download arrow in the upper right corner. This will download a Microsoft Word document with a press release template. Simply customize the template with your correct information, save the file, and send it to your hometown newspaper.

(You can usually find the appropriate contact information by visiting your local publication's website, where an email address for their general newsroom should be listed under "Contact Us" or a similar page.)