Commencement Day - Coastal Carolina University
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Commencement Day

Coastal Carolina University's Fall 2020 commencement ceremony will be held on Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m., inside Brooks Stadium. Gates open 90 minutes prior to the ceremony. Gate 1 is the designated entrance for graduates, and guests are to enter at the gate listed on their tickets, which is dictated by their seating location. Tickets are required for the ceremony and each graduate is eligible to claim four tickets. Guests will have assigned seats, which will be issued on a next best available seat basis when the graduate claims their tickets. Due to mandated guidelines, seating inside the stadium will consist of pods of four seats with each pod physically distanced 6-feet apart. Therefore, tickets are non-transferable and rush/additional tickets will not be available.

Face coverings will be required and must be worn at all times. The University will be enforcing the Clear Bag policy.

Inclement Weather Plan

In the case of light rain or other non-severe weather, the ceremony will continue in Brooks Stadium but may be shortened. In the rare instance where severe weather prohibits the continuation of the ceremony outdoors, the University will move the ceremony to Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m., inside Brooks Stadium. This decision would be communicated via: University website, University email, University social media platforms, and local media outlets. 

General Ceremony Information 

The ceremony includes an address from the president; the conferring of graduate and undergraduate degrees; and the official recognition of CCU's newest alumni, the fall Class of 2020.

The ceremony should last approximately two and a half hours. To ensure a quick and safe exit, graduates are urged to make arrangements before commencement to meet family and friends after the ceremony at a designated location.

Stadium Safety Measures

Coastal Carolina University received approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce to host graduates and their guests for the Fall 2020 commencement ceremony inside Brooks Stadium. The approval is in accordance with South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster's outline of a procedure for exceptions to gathering restrictions in an Executive Order.

As part of the plan, Brooks Stadium's revised capacity based on the CDC, accelerateSC, NCAA, and Sun Belt Conference guidelines cannot exceed a total of 5,000 attendees which include, graduates, vendors, CCU staff and faculty members, platform party, volunteers, and spectators.

Bag checks will be conducted at each gate entrance. Coastal Carolina University reserves the right to search any person, their bags, and possessions carried into the event facility. A list of prohibited items is displayed at each gate entrance.

Based on 6-feet of physical distance, guests will be seated in pods of four affiliated guests throughout the stadium with distancing between pods.

Guests, graduates, vendors, CCU staff and faculty members, and volunteers will be asked to wear face coverings at all times.

Guests who are listed among the CDC’s at-risk groups are especially vulnerable and should consider staying home and refraining from attending the event.

On-way traffic flow will be implemented to enter and exit the stadium.

Hand sanitizer stations will be available at each entrance gate, and on the field for graduates and faculty members.

The Clear bag policy will be enforced.

No stadium re-entry permitted.

All restrooms will be open. Max capacities will be identified based on the number of fixtures and the appropriate six feet of physical distancing within the restroom area.

The ceremony will take place on Benton Field inside Brooks Stadium. In order to protect the turf field and ensure the safety of graduates, high/stiletto heels will not be allowed on the field.

Coastal Carolina University is a tobacco-free campus. Use of all tobacco products and all smoke-related products are PROHIBITED in or on all University property. This policy does not restrict or prohibit the lawful possession of tobacco.