• Commencement Information & Schedule of Events


    Due to the threat of inclement weather on Sunday, May 1, 2016, the University of Charleston Spring Commencement Ceremony will now be held at the Charleston Civic Center in downtown Charleston.

    The University is recognized for the beautiful on-site location of its outdoor commencement ceremony which overlooks the Kanawha River, so the decision to move the event has not been an easy one.  Due to a record number of graduates, however, our indoor facilities for such a ceremony simply do not have the space to accommodate the friends and families of our graduates in case of rain.  Despite this change, the other aspects of the day will remain the same.

    A full schedule can be found below:

    Schedule of Events

    Friday, April 29th

    6:00 p.m. Pinning Ceremony for
    • Radiology Technology
    • Occupational Therapy Assistant
    Calvary Assembly of God Church, 319 Sunset Drive , Harper Road, Beckley, WV
    6:30 p.m. PA Class of 2017 White Coat Ceremony
    Riggleman Hall — Auditorium


    Saturday, April 30th

    1:00 p.m. School of Pharmacy Hooding
    Riggleman Hall — Auditorium
    2:30 p.m. School of Pharmacy Reception
    Riggleman Hall — Rotunda
    3:00 p.m. Graduate School of Business & Leadership Hooding
    Equities House — 900 Virginia St East
    4:30 p.m. Graduate School of Business & Leadership Reception
    Equities House — 900 Virginia St East
    5:00 p.m. Nursing Pinning Ceremony
    Riggleman Hall — Auditorium
    6:00 p.m. Nursing Reception
    Riggleman Hall — Rotunda
    7:00 p.m. PA Class of 2016 Hooding Ceremony
    Riggleman Hall — Auditorium
    8:00 p.m. PA Reception
    Riggleman Hall — Rotunda

    Sunday, May 1st

    10:30 AM (Riggleman Hall - Rotunda, UC Campus) – Graduate Check-In.  This will occur on-campus as previously planned, providing our graduates an opportunity to take pictures and to receive final instructions.

    11:30 AM (Various locations on the UC Campus) – Reception Ceremonies.  The time and location of these program specific receptions will not change.

    School of Pharmacy – Frankenberger Art Gallery

    School of Health Sciences – Dining Hall

    School of Arts & Sciences – Food Court

    School of Business and Leadership – Appalachian Room

    1:15 PM (Charleston Civic Center) – Venue Arrival. Graduates should arrive at the Charleston Civic Center to line-up for the commencement ceremony.

    2:00 PM (Charleston Civic Center) – the 128th University of Charleston Spring Commencement Ceremony

    Commencement Venue address

    Charleston Civic Center
    200 Civic Center Drive
    Charleston, WV 25301

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    Parking Information for the Charleston Civic Center

    There are two parking garages available: the Civic Center Parking Garage ($3.00 to park) and the Charleston Town Center Parking Garage ($1.75 to park).  In addition, there will be limited metered and street parking near the Charleston Civic Center.

    Additional Notes

    • Due to the location change, the event will not be able to be live-streamed.  The full version of the graduation will be made available later that day on the University’s YouTube Channel - https://www.youtube.com/user/UCWV1
    • The University Bookstore and Coffee Tavern (Starbucks) will be open from 9 AM – 2 PM.
    • The Civic Center will open up at 12:30 for graduates who wish to arrive early.