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College Ceremonies

Date: Friday, May 6 - Saturday, May 7, 2022 (View College Ceremonies Schedule)

Venue: HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center

Time Graduates Need to Arrive: One hour prior to the start of their ceremony. Graduates are to check-in at the Gate 3 entrance.

Tickets: Tickets are required for the college ceremonies. Each graduate is eligible to claim up to six (6) general admission tickets for their ceremony. View the tickets page for more information.

Ceremony Description | Venue Information | Graduate Information | HTC Center Safety Measures

Ceremony Description

The College Ceremonies are unique in nature to reflect the personalities of each of the academic colleges at CCU, but all include addresses from guest speakers and presentation of degrees. The dean of the college presides over the ceremony, and it is at this ceremony that the graduates’ names will be announced as they cross the stage and receive their diploma covers.

College Ceremonies Schedule

Wall College of Business Administration
Friday, May 6, at 2 p.m.

Gupta College of Science
Friday, May 6, at 6 p.m.

Spadoni College of Education and Social Sciences
Saturday, May 7, at noon

Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts and HTC Honors College*
Saturday, May 7, at 4 p.m.

*Students earning a degree in Sustainability and Coastal Resilience or Women's and Gender Studies will be recognized at this ceremony. Graduates of the HTC Honors Program will be recognized with the academic colleges they are earning their degrees from.

Venue Information

The College Ceremonies will be held at the HTC Center on Friday, May 6, and Saturday, May 7. Doors will open one hour prior to the start of each ceremony. Tickets are required for this ceremony and seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Each graduate is eligible to claim up to six (6) general admission tickets for their ceremony (graduates do not need a ticket). Each ceremony should last approximately an hour and a half; however, the length of each ceremony may vary due to the size of the graduating class within each college.

Graduate Information

Graduates will need to arrive at the HTC Center and check-in at the Gate 3 entrance no later than one hour prior to the start of their college ceremony. 

HTC Center Safety Measures

Clear Bag Policy

Coastal Carolina University will be enforcing the Clear Bag Policy. Clear bag checks will be conducted at each gate entrance. The 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 and can be viewed here.

No Re-entry Policy
Guests will not be allowed to re-enter the HTC Center once they have exited.

Face Coverings

Commencement is a time of celebration, and all graduates and guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the ceremonies. In accordance with CCU’s COVID-19 Operations Plan, face coverings/masks are not required indoors (except for Student Health Services, Counseling Services, and at COVID-19 testing and vaccine sites on campus). Individuals have the option to wear a mask indoors on campus if they choose. However, face coverings/masks are required on University shuttles, minibusses, and vans due to the CDC’s face mask order for public transportation. 

Individuals released from quarantine or isolation must wear face coverings/masks indoors on campus and outdoors when around others during their assigned precautionary period.

In all other areas, individuals have the option to wear a mask on campus if they choose. We encourage individuals to be respectful of others in recognizing their personal decisions to either wear or not wear a face-covering/mask. COVID-19 protection guidance from the CDC recommends that everyone ages 2 years and older, regardless of vaccination status, should wear their masks indoors in public areas of substantial or high community transmission.

Graduates and their guests planning on participating in commencement events 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:

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 o 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.

Tobacco-free Campus
Coastal Carolina University is a tobacco-free campus. The 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.