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General Graduation and Commencement Questions

What is the difference between graduation and commencement?

Graduation is the completion of all degree requirements as recorded on the official transcript. 

Commencement is the ceremony that celebrates the completion of a degree. In order to walk at commencement, a student’s graduation application status must state, “processing with the Office of the Registrar.” A student can check the status of their application by signing into WebAdvisor and clicking on "Status of Graduation Application" under the Academic Planning section. Graduation application status will not be complete until after the commencement ceremonies when the Office of the Registrar reviews graduation applications and final grades are complete.

Do students have to apply for graduation?

Yes, students must apply for graduation online through WebAdvisor. Graduation applications were due on Friday, April. 16, 2021. More information regarding the graduation application process can be found here.

If the student has already completed their graduation application, they can check the status of their application by signing into WebAdvisor and clicking on "Status of Graduation Application" under the Academic Planning section.

What do I need to do if I want to participate in the commencement ceremony?

Students wanting to participate in commencement need to take the following steps:

Apply for graduation through WebAdvisor. Graduation applications were due on Friday, April 16, 2021. More information regarding the graduation application process can be found here.

Once the grad application has been completed, students can check the status of their application by signing into WebAdvisor and clicking on "Status of Graduation Application" under the Academic Planning section.

Order your regalia

Claim your tickets

Follow the commencement Facebook page (@CCUGrad) and continue to check the commencement website and your CCU email for announcements.

How do I know what academic college my student's degree falls under?

For a complete listing of undergraduate degrees within each academic college, click here.

For a complete listing of graduate degrees within each academic college, click here.

How do I know if my name will be listed in the printed program?

In order for your name to be printed in the program, your graduation application status must state “Your graduation application is being processed in the Office of the Registrar” by 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 2. You can check the status of your application by signing into WebAdvisor and clicking on “Status of Graduation Application” under the Academic Planning section. If the student has already completed their graduation application, they can check the status of their application by signing into WebAdvisor and clicking on "Status of Graduation Application" under the Academic Planning section.

What is the dress code for commencement?

Business casual is the dress code of choice for commencement ceremonies. Please keep the following factors in mind when determining what to wear:

  • Temperatures in Conway, SC, during the beginning of Dec., can range from highs in the 60s to lows in the 30s.
  • Graduates are required to wear full academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) for the ceremony.
Do face coverings/masks have to be worn?

Commencement is a time of celebration and all graduates and guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the ceremony. Coastal Carolina University will not require face mask-wearing or physical distancing during the Fall Commencement ceremonies. However, face masks are required for public transportation (University shuttles). Individuals have the option to wear a face mask and/or physical distance if they choose. The University asks that all in attendance at commencement be respectful of others in recognizing their personal decisions to do so.

Graduates and their guests planning on participating in the in-person ceremony on Tuesday, Dec. 14, must agree that they will not attend the ceremony if the graduate, guests, or traveling companions:

  • Are sick or experiencing one or more of the following symptoms of COVID-19 as identified by the CDC:
    • Fever or chills
    • Cough
    • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
    • Fatigue
    • Muscle or body aches
    • Headache
    • New loss of taste or smell
    • Sore throat
    • Congestion or runny nose
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Diarrhea
    • Have tested positive for COVID-19 with a viral test within 10 days prior to commencement or travel to campus
    • Are waiting for results of a COVID-19 viral test
    • Have been around someone with the suspected or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (even if they did not have symptoms).
    • Are at increased risk for severe illness. According to the CDC, older adults and people of any age with certain underlying medical conditions are at increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19.

COVID-19 WARNING - AN INHERENT RISK OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19 EXISTS IN ANY PUBLIC PLACE WHERE PEOPLE ARE PRESENT. COVID-19 IS AN EXTREMELY CONTAGIOUS DISEASE THAT CAN LEAD TO SEVERE ILLNESS AND DEATH. ACCORDING TO THE CENTERS FOR DISEASE CONTROL AND PREVENTION, SENIOR CITIZENS AND THOSE WITH UNDERLYING MEDICAL CONDITIONS ARE ESPECIALLY VULNERABLE. BY ENTERING THE HTC CENTER AND HTC CENTER GROUNDS, YOU VOLUNTARILY ASSUME ANY AND ALL RISKS OF EXPOSURE TO COVID-19.

Academic Honor Stoles and Regalia

How do I know if I am graduating with Latin honors?

Honors that are recognized at commencement ceremonies are based upon the student’s cumulative grade point average available at the beginning of the semester of graduation.

Actual graduation with honors is calculated after the final semester’s grades have been received and certified and will be indicated on the diploma and official transcript. For more information about graduating with honors, view the 2021-22 Undergraduate Catalog.

All students eligible to wear an academic honor stole at commencement will receive an email, from the Office of the Registrar, notifying them of eligibility along with instructions on how to purchase their stole. If a student did not receive an email and believes that they might be eligible, please email graduation@coastal.edu.

Latin Honors:

Summa cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.95 or higher
Magna cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.75 - 3.949
Cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.5-3.74

How can I purchase an academic honor stole?

All students eligible to wear an academic honor stole at commencement will receive an email notifying them of eligibility along with instructions on how to purchase their stole. If a student did not receive an email and believes that they might be eligible, please email graduation@coastal.edu. Please visit the Grad Deadlines page to view deadlines associated with honor stoles.

How do I order regalia?

Regalia must be ordered online by Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, to receive before the ceremony. Order your regalia

Ceremonies and Venue Information

How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony should last approximately two (2) hours; however, the length of the ceremony may vary due to the size of the graduating class within each college.

Will concessions be available?

Yes, limited concessions will be available at the HTC Center. No outside food or beverages (except for a 16.9 FL OZ sealed water bottle) are allowed inside the arena.

What time will students and guests be allowed into the venue?

Doors into the HTC Center will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Students are to arrive dressed in regalia, no later than one hour prior to the start of the event and enter at Gate 3.

Can I enter through the same gate as my graduate?

Graduates are the only ones who can enter through Gate 3. Gates 1 and 2 are the designated entrances for guests.

Will the ceremonies be streamed online?

Yes, both ceremonies will be streamed live and viewable on the Live Streaming page and the Commencement YouTube Channel.

We have a guest that needs ADA seating and transportation. Is there anything we need to do to make arrangements?

Accessible seating is available in the first row of each bleacher section, which is designated by white and blue tape. Due to high demand, patrons using accessible seating may have one companion accompany them in the accessible seating areas. As space permits, families and friends are welcomed to sit near or behind individuals using accessible seating. However, it is important to note that accessible seating areas, like all commencement seating, are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Event staff will be on hand the day of commencement to assist.

Limited accessible parking is available in the AA lot in front of the HTC Center. This lot is accessible via Founders Drive, and only open to those with an official state-issued ADA placard. Designated accessible golf cart shuttles will be available to transport guests who need assistance getting to the HTC Center. All CCU shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

Please visit the accessibility page for details. If you have further questions, you may contact the Office of Special Events at specialevents@coastal.edu or 843-349-2517.

Tickets

How many tickets are graduates able to claim?

Eligible graduates may claim six (6) guest tickets in addition to their one (1) graduate ticket. Tickets will be available to claim under their CINO ID number by visiting tickets.coastal.edu and selecting “Commencement Tickets.” Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. ET on Tuesday, Nov. 16. Access to the tickets will continue until 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Dec. 7.

Do family members and guests need tickets to attend the ceremony?

Yes, tickets are required for the ceremony. For specific information regarding ticket numbers and distribution, visit the Claim Tickets page.

What if I can't get the number of tickets that I need for all my guests?

After initial tickets have been claimed and the number of available seats has been established, an email will be sent to eligible graduates with more information on how to obtain additional tickets online. Additional tickets are not guaranteed but are subject to seating availability. Rush tickets, if available, will be accessible starting Wednesday, Dec. 8, at Noon ET, until tickets are exhausted or by Friday, Dec. 10, at 4 p.m. ET.

Do graduates need a ticket?

Yes, if a student is planning on participating in the ceremony a ticket is required. For specific information regarding tickets, visit the Claim Tickets page.

Do infants require a ticket for the ceremony?

Children, ages one and older, are required to have a ticket.

Can a family member or guest request tickets on their own?

No, all tickets must come from your student who is the only person able to claim tickets.

Are tickets for a specific seat?

Graduate seating will be assigned, but guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Post Commencement Details

How do I order photos taken at the ceremony?

GradImages is the official vendor for CCU commencement photos. Graduates will receive an email, to their CCU email account, with a link to their picture proofs along with ordering instructions. Photos from the ceremony can also be accessed through GradImages' website

Will the ceremony be recorded for future viewing?

Yes, recordings of Coastal Carolina University Commencement ceremonies are archived on the Commencement YouTube Channel.

When will I receive my diploma?

The Office of the Registrar will review graduation applications once final grading is complete. Because this occurs on a rolling basis, diplomas will be mailed six to eight weeks after the date of the ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the diploma mailing address specified on your graduation application unless you submitted a Student Address Update Form.

Please visit, https://www.coastal.edu/registrar/diplomainformation/, for more information.

Email graduation@coastal.edu for assistance if your diploma was damaged upon arrival or if you have additional questions about diplomas.

How do I know if I graduated?

An email regarding a degree candidate’s graduation status will be sent to their coastal email address once it is determined. Graduation status can also be viewed by logging into WebAdvisor. Electronic transcripts can be ordered, which display the degree earned and the date the degree was conferred. More information on transcripts »

To be eligible for graduation, the student must meet all course requirements, all “in residence” requirements, all departmental or program requirements, and have submitted a graduation application. Graduates must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 (3.0 for Graduate level students) on all work attempted at Coastal Carolina University, and have earned the minimum hours as determined by the degree (120 earned hours minimum for Undergraduates). If a student has received a grade of I (incomplete) for any of his or her classes for the current term (or have an “I” from a previous term), he or she must have completed all coursework and turned it into their instructor by the end of the term.

How do I join the Alumni Association?

All graduates will automatically receive a one-year membership to the CCU Alumni Association. Visit coastal.edu/alumni/alumnibenefits/ to view all the included membership benefits. Your official CCU Alumni Association membership card will be mailed to the address you supplied on your graduation application. Be sure to use the Alumni Association as a resource for any questions that you may have after graduation, and stay connected by sending them an email anytime at alumni@coastal.edu or calling 843-349-ALUM.