A Letter from the President - Coastal Carolina University
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To the December Graduates of the Class of 2020, their parents, families, and friends:

Congratulations! I am pleased to invite you to Coastal Carolina University’s 61st commencement exercises. This exciting day is our opportunity to honor and celebrate our graduates and to thank all of you – parents, family members, and friends – for your support and confidence. I am proud of the achievements of the Class of 2020, and I look forward to sharing this meaningful and memorable time with all of you. 

On December 11, your student will take his or her place in a long procession of Chanticleers, reaching back through the years when CCU awarded it’s first associate degrees in 1959 – and, indeed, back to the day in 1954 when the institution first opened its doors. Commencement serves not only as a tribute to the enduring vibrancy of the Coastal Carolina University family – Teal Nation – but also as a powerful symbol of our lifelong, worldwide connections as Chanticleers.

A Chanticleer is proud, unique, fierce, crafty and trustworthy. However, the most noteworthy attribute of a Chanticleer is its ability to be ready when the opportunity arises. A Chanticleer has its eyes fixed on the horizon, ready to perform when the sun rises. During your time here at Coastal Carolina University, you have learned how to become a Chanticleer, and you now embody these attributes, which is how you as a Chanticleer will uphold tradition, serve with integrity and achieve excellence in your future endeavors. 

Many opportunities lie on your horizon, and you will be ready when those opportunities arise. The Class of 2020 is READY TO RISE.


David A. DeCenzo, Ph.D. 
Coastal Carolina University