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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 the University Commencement Ceremony and a College Ceremony, a student must apply for graduation and their 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 WebAdvisorGraduation applications for the Spring were due on Friday, Nov. 19, 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.

Students planning on completing their coursework by the end of the Summer II term should fill out and submit their summer graduation application by Friday, March 11, to have their degree conferred in the summer. CCU no longer holds a summer commencement ceremony, so to accommodate summer students and allow them to participate in a ceremony:

If the hours completed over the summer are 15 hours or less, then the student will be allowed to walk in the spring ceremony.

If a student completes more than 15 hours over the summer, then the student will walk in the fall ceremony.

Who is eligible to participate in the Spring Commencement Ceremonies?

To participate in the Spring (May) commencement a student must either complete their degree requirements at the end of the Spring semester; or have no more than fifteen (15) credit hours to complete over the summer terms (May, Summer I, or Summer II). Students must be registered for their summer coursework.

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

In order for a student’s name to appear in the commencement program, they need to have applied for graduation. 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. In order for a student’s name to be printed in the program, their graduation application status needs to state “Your graduation application is being processed in the Office of the Registrar” by Tuesday, March 15, 2022.

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. Honor stoles may not be exchanged if Latin Honors change after final grade processing. 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, 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.

How do I order regalia?

Visit the regalia page for more information.

University Commencement Ceremony

What is the University Commencement Ceremony?

The University Commencement Ceremony is a campus-wide celebration of all the students graduating from the University’s academic colleges. The ceremony kicks off with a parade of graduates processing into Brooks Stadium by their academic colleges. While each college holds an individual ceremony, the University President is the only person who can confer the actual degrees. As part of the University Commencement Ceremony, each dean steps forward to request that the president confer degrees on the college’s candidates as they stand to be recognized en masse. Other traditional customs include University recognitions and formal addresses from the University President, board of trustees, the commencement speaker, and CCU alumni.

Visit the University Commencement Ceremony page for more information.

How long will the University Commencement Ceremony last?

The ceremony should last approximately one hour. To ensure a quick and safe exit, graduates are urged to make arrangements before commencement to meet family and friends outside of Brooks Stadium after the ceremony at a designated location.

What time will graduates and guests be allowed into Brooks Stadium?

Brooks Stadium will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony (7:30 a.m.).

Graduates are to check-in at the Gate 1 entrance into Brooks Stadium no later than 8 a.m. to prepare for the ceremony.

We have a guest that needs ADA/accessible seating, is there anything we need to do to make arrangements?

Accessible seating will be available throughout the stadium and will be marked by blue and white 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 available to assist guests with accessible seating prior to and during the ceremonies.

Visit the accessibility page for more information.

Are tickets required for the University Commencement Ceremony?

No, tickets are not required for the University Commencement Ceremony; however, tickets are required for the College Ceremonies.

Visit the tickets page for more information.

College Ceremonies

What are the College Ceremonies?

The College Ceremonies, held in the HTC Center, 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.

Visit the College Ceremonies page for more information.

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 long will a College Ceremony last?

The ceremony should last approximately an hour and a half; however, the length of ceremonies may vary due to the size of the graduating class within each college.

What time do graduates need to arrive to prepare for their College Ceremony?

Graduates 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.

We have a guest that needs ADA/accessible seating, 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 available to assist guests with accessible seating prior to and during the ceremonies.

Please visit the accessibility page for details.

Are tickets required for the College Ceremonies?

Yes, general admission tickets are required for the College Ceremonies at the HTC Center (for guests ages one and older). Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. Graduates do not need a ticket.

Visit the tickets page for more information.

Tickets for the College Ceremonies

How many tickets are graduates able to claim for their College Ceremony?

Students planning on walking in their College Ceremony may claim up to six (6) tickets.

Visit the tickets page for more information.

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 Tuesday, May 3, at noon ET, until tickets are exhausted or by Thursday, May 5, at 4 p.m. ET.

Visit the tickets page for more information.

Do graduates need a ticket for their College Ceremony?

No, graduates do not need a ticket. However, graduates are responsible for claiming and distributing their guest tickets. Visit the ticket page for more information.

Do infants require a ticket for the College Ceremonies?

Guests ages one and older will need a ticket to attend a College Ceremony.

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

No, graduates are the only ones that can claim tickets for their College Ceremony, and it is their responsibility to distribute the tickets to their guests before the ceremony.

Are tickets for a specific seat at the College Ceremonies?

No, tickets for the College Ceremonies are general admission tickets. Guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

Post Commencement

How do I order photos taken at the College Ceremonies?

GradImages is the official CCU vendor for graduate photos. Graduates will receive an email, to their CCU email account, with a link to their picture proofs along with ordering instructions 3-5 days after the ceremonies. Photos from the ceremonies can also be accessed through the GradImages website.

GradImages Customer Service Department
Phone (800) 261-2576
Email ecc.giservice@gradimages.net

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 the graduate 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 in to the 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.