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Commencement at Coastal Carolina University is an important event for you, your family and friends, as well as the faculty and staff at CCU. The ceremony brings together all involved to celebrate your achievements. Graduates are encouraged to remember that this is a time when the graduating class and the University are being observed by our most important public: family, friends, and colleagues. As a graduating student, you are celebrating the successful conclusion of earning your degree. Commencement is a formal celebration of academic accomplishments. It is a ceremony steeped in academic ritual and the traditions of the University complete with procession, academic regalia and other elements of pageantry. No one except the graduate can ensure that the celebration will be safe, dignified and memorable. 

Graduates are to arrive at the HTC Center one hour prior to the start of their designated 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 be in front of Ingle Hall; follow the posted "Graduate Parking" signs. Graduates requiring special seating, disabled access, etc. should contact Sandra Bradley-Hayes at 843-349-2143 or

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.

Please notice: The taking of self portraits (selfies) when crossing the commencement stage is prohibited.