University Commencement Ceremony - Coastal Carolina University
In This Section

University Commencement Ceremony

Date: Saturday, May 7, 2022

Ceremony Time: 9 a.m.

Venue: Brooks Stadium

Time Graduates Need to Arrive: 8 a.m. at the Gate 1 Entrance

Tickets: Tickets are not required for the University Commencement Ceremony.

Ceremony Description | Venue Information | Graduate Information | Brooks Stadium Safety Measures

Ceremony Description

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 Vanessa E. Wyche, and CCU alumni.

Venue Information

The University Commencement Ceremony will be held at Brooks Stadium on Saturday, May 7, at 9 a.m. Stadium gates will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets are not required for the University Commencement Ceremony and seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.

Graduate Information

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

Please note that the ceremony will take place on Benton Field inside Brooks Stadium. In order to protect the turf field and ensure the safety of graduates, stiletto heels will not be allowed on the field. Wedges and flats are preferred, but square heels with a width measuring at least 1” will be allowed on the field.

Brooks Stadium 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.

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 the 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.

No Stiletto Heels on the Turf Field

Please note that the ceremony will take place on Benton Field inside Brooks Stadium. In order to protect the turf field and ensure the safety of graduates, stiletto heels will not be allowed on the field. Wedges and flats are preferred, but square heels with a width measuring at least 1” will be allowed on the field.

No Re-entry Policy
Guests will not be allowed to re-enter Brooks Stadium once they have exited.

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.