All seniors for the current academic year are expected to complete a graduation application. The application is located in Webadvisor.  The deadline for completing the application will be communicated to students through their Coker G-mail account.

During the Grad Fair, student will rotate around to all the offices to clear up any last minutes hold ups for graduation. Student will also sign the Graduation Information Certification which verifies their degree information, their Diploma name, and their contact information after graduation.

Additionally, the Office of Academic Records will be at the off-campus sites for students to complete the Graduation Information Certification Form. 

For more information about Commencement Rehearsal and other related info, please visit here.

During the exercises, degree candidates who are awarded special honors (Latin Honors, First Honor Graduate, and Alumni Cup Winners) will be recognized as their name is called during the conferring of degrees. These honors are only available to undergraduate degree students.

Each degree candidate will receive a name card during Roll Call the morning of Graduation. The announcer will read the degree candidate’s name from this name card.  Students that are pre-identified by the announcer will be asked to meet and discuss how to pronounce their name the morning of the ceremony. 

  • Business Casual
  • Suggested attire for women includes: dress, blouse and skirt, or blouse and pants.
  • Suggested attire for men includes: dress shirt, long pant, and dress shoes.
  • For Spring Commencement, It will be HOT, so choose lightweight comfortable clothing. The following is a list of items that should not be worn: jeans, casual t-shirts, tennis shoes, flip flops, or casual shorts.

Degree candidates will be seated in reserved seating located directly in front of the platform/stage. Participating University faculty/staff will be seated in reserved seating to the left or right of the graduates. Special Guest will have reserved seating. The platform party will be seated on the stage. All other guests will be able to sit in the unmarked rows behind faculty, students and special guests.

The Office of Academic Records would like to ensure that all graduation participants can participate in aspects of the commencement exercises. Participants who have special needs, including mobility impairments due to health conditions, or who are unable to walk moderate distances, are encouraged to contact the Office of Academic Records at prior to commencement.

For questions regarding handicap parking and seating, please contact the Office of Academic Records at

Latin Honors are based on the final cumulative grade point average on all collegiate work. The following designations indicate a consistently high level of academic achievement through the student’s entire academic career. 

  • Summa Cum Laude: A cumulative GPA of at least 3.90
  • Magna Cum Laude: A cumulative GPA of at least 3.70
  • Cum Laude: A cumulative GPA of at least 3.50 

Coker College policy states that any school, department, office, organization, or other entity on campus may recognize graduates for their involvement in their program with professional looking sashes, pins, or medallions. The wearing of cords at commencement is exclusively for students that are graduating with Latin honors and those students on the roster of an academic honor society. The Coker College academic honor societies are:

  • Kappa Delta Pi
  • Lambda Pi Eta
  • Nu Delta Alpha
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Phi Alpha(Rho Theta)
  • Phi Sigma Iota
  • Psi Chi
  • Sigma Tau Delta
  • World Scholars

Student who graduated with Cum Laude or Magna Cum Laude Latin honors will receive their cords during check-in the morning of the Commencement Ceremony. Students who graduated with Summa Cum Laude Latin honors will receive their cords on stage during Commencement Ceremony. 

Diplomas will be distributed after the commencement exercises. Diplomas will be available for pick-up for 30 minutes after the ceremony in the Auxiliary Gymnasium for Winter Commencement and on the stage in the Elizabeth Boatwright Coker Performing Arts Center for Spring Commencement. If you do not pick up your diploma at that time, The Office of Academic records offers two solutions to acquire your diploma. The Office of Academic Records can hold your diploma in the office for pick-up in person or the office can mail your diploma to the address provided on your Graduation Information Certification. The Office of Academic Records will not mail your diploma until the 10 dollar diploma processing fee is paid. This fee is only for students who do not pick up their diploma after the commencement ceremony or elect to not attend the ceremony

  • You must satisfy all of your degree requirements before officially graduating and receiving your diploma.
  • Coker College will hold your diploma if any financial obligations to the college are not properly satisfied. Please contact Student Accounts and Student Financial Planning for questions about account balances. 

Jolsten’s will be on campus several times over the course of the semester. If you prefer, you can also order at any time from the Jostens website here.

You can order your cap and gown (for bachelor degrees) or hood and gown (for master’s degrees) by visiting the Campus Bookstore or attending the Winter Commencement Grad Fair at the Student Solution Center or attending the Spring Commencement Grad Fair on at the Charles W. & Joan S. Coker Library and Information Technology Center (LITC) atrium. 

Additionally, Jolsten’s will be on campus several times over the course of the semester. If you prefer, you can also order at any time from the Jostens website here.

Please check with the campus bookstore for deadlines on ordering graduation caps and gowns.

Professional photographers will photograph each degree candidate as he/she is greeted by President and as he/she is hooded for the graduate program. Photograph proofs will be available for viewing and purchase on the Coker College’s Multimedia platform SMUGMUG. Families and guests will not be permitted on the event floor for photographs during the ceremonies there is a designated photo area where families and friends can stand and take pictures. 


You can request a copy of your transcript from our online service with the National Student Clearinghouse. It is a 24 hour online service. You can opt to have the transcript sent to any recipient electronically or by mail. Please select “After Degree Conferred” as the processing speed or your transcript will not reflect degree conferment. 

The Coker College Alumni Association is a service organization established by the College to develop and maintain a close bond between the College and its alumni and to promote the interests of the institution. Membership is open to all former students who have completed a semester at Coker and have been separated from the College in good standing.

Please direct questions about the Alumni Association to

The Office of Career Development is committed to equipping all Coker College students with the ability to think proactively and analytically when approaching career strategy. We aim to provide personalized guidance that will prepare them not only for their first job, but also for lifelong professional and personal development through a rewarding career path.

Services include:

  • Résumé writing guidance
  • On-campus networking opportunities
  • On- and off-campus career fair options
  • Interview preparation and mock interviews
  • Job search resources
  • Graduate school application

Please direct questions about the Office of Career Development to

If you have any questions regarding the commencement exercises, graduation requirements, or need additional information not covered here, please contact Sarah Jeffery at