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FAQ

How do I know if my son/daughter is graduating? 

Your child will need to check their status with either their designated adviser or the Office of the Registrar.

Undergraduate:

To be eligible for graduation, you must meet all course requirements, all "in residence" requirements, and all departmental or program requirements. You must have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0 on all work attempted at Coastal Carolina University, and have earned the minimum hours as determined by the degree (120 earned hours minimum). If you have received a grade of I (Incomplete) for any of your classes for the current term (or have an "I" from a previous term), you must have completed all coursework and turned it in to the instructor by the end of the term. If not, you will be denied graduation and will have to reapply for graduation for a future term.  

Graduate:

To be eligible for graduation, you must meet all course requirements, meet all program requirements, have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0 on all graduate work attempted at Coastal Carolina University and have earned the minimum hours as determined by the degree (30 hours minimum).

Do students have to apply for graduation? 

Graduation application will only be processed online. For detailed information, please visit the Applying for Graduation page.   

I will be finishing up my degree requirements next semester. Can I participate in this year's graduation ceremony?

A degree candidate is not eligible to participate in a commencement ceremony that is earlier than the final semester the candidate will complete his/her degree requirements:

  • Fall semester candidates are eligible to participate in the December Commencement Ceremony.
  • Spring semester candidates are eligible to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony. 
  • Summer semester candidates (May, Summer I, Summer II) are eligible to participate in the August Commencement Ceremony. Summer semester candidates are not eligible to participate in the May Commencement Ceremony.

Where do I get my cap and gown? 

Regalia can be purchased through Jostens. For detailed information, please visit the regalia page. 

Where can I order Coastal Carolina University Graduation Announcements and Class Rings?

Coastal Carolina University graduation announcements and class rings can be purchased by clicking here.

When do I get my diploma? 

Diplomas are not distributed on Commencement day but are mailed later to the address that the graduate specified on their graduation application.

Are tickets required? 

General admission tickets are required for the ceremony at the HTC Center, seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For detailed information, please visit the tickets page.   

When should I arrive on Commencement Day?

Graduates: Graduates are to arrive at the HTC Center one hour prior to the start of their ceremony (Please enter at Gate 3 - back corner entrance of the HTC Center) to prepare for the ceremony. Please arrive dressed in your regalia as time will be limited. Valuables/purses should not be brought with you as there is no secure storage available. Graduates must make prior arrangements to get tickets to guests. Parking will behind Hicks Dining Hall; follow the posted "Graduate Parking" signs.

Guests: HTC Center doors will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony.

Will there be reserved seating for guests that need special assistance?

At the ceremony, there is seating reserved for guests with wheelchairs. Because space is limited, we can only allow one escort per special needs guest. This area, like all commencement guest seating, is first-come, first-served. For questions regarding special seating you may contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2787.

How long does the ceremony last? 

The ceremony should last approximately one 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.