The College of Charleston undergraduate commencement ceremonies will be held on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. in the historic Cistern Yard. The Graduate School of the College of Charleston will celebrate their commencement ceremony on May 10, 2012 at 5:30 p.m. in the TD Arena. More information about the ceremonies.
Chloe Tonney, a 1984 graduate of the College, is the featured speaker at the Graduate School ceremony. As Center for Disease Control (CDC) senior vice president for external affairs, she is responsible for overseeing the private‐sector fundraising program of the Foundation and the entire cycle of effective fundraising, impactful program implementation and stewardship. She is also responsible for developing, building and implementing public‐private sector partner strategies with national and international partners and Foundation advocates.
The commencement speaker for both undergraduate ceremonies is 1969 College of Charleston graduate and South Carolina Lt. Governor Glenn McConnell. McConnell later received his law degree and began his career in public service by working as a staff attorney with the Neighborhood Legal Assistance Program. In 1980, he was elected to represent the 41st District in the South Carolina Senate, where he has served as Chairman of the Rules Committee and then as Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. In 2001, he was elected the first Republican President Pro Tempore of the South Carolina Senate since Reconstruction. During his time as President Pro Tempore, McConnell created an atmosphere of non-partisanship and mutual respect in the Senate. As the incumbent Senate President Pro Tempore, he ascended to the office of Lt. Governor on March 13, 2012.
The morning undergraduate ceremony will include the School of Business, School of Education, Health, and Human Performance, and School of Sciences and Mathematics. The afternoon undergraduate ceremony will include the School of the Arts, School of Humanities and Social Sciences, and School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs. McConnell and Trident Technical College President Mary Thornley will receive Honorary Degrees during the ceremony.