Ceremony and Venue Information - Coastal Carolina University
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Ceremony and Venue Information

On Friday, Aug. 6, the Summer Class of 2021 will take their place in a long procession of Chanticleers reaching all the way back to 1959 when Coastal Carolina awarded its first degree and back to 1954 when the institution first opened its doors. Commencement serves not only as a tribute to the enduring vibrancy of Teal Nation but also as a powerful symbol of our global, lifelong connections as Chanticleers.

General Ceremony Information 

Coastal Carolina University’s Summer 2021 commencement will be held on Friday, Aug. 6, at 1 p.m. inside the HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center. During commencement, addresses will be given by the president, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, and the commencement speaker; and students are officially recognized as graduates of the University. Doors into the HTC Center will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Tickets are required for the ceremony; seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.

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

Venue Safety Measures

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

Hand Sanitizing Stations
Hand sanitizing stations will be available at various locations throughout the HTC Center.

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

Face Masks and Physical Distancing
Commencement is a time of celebration and all graduates and guests should evaluate their risk in determining whether to attend the ceremony. Coastal Carolina University no longer requires face mask-wearing or physical distancing on campus, indoors or outdoors. However, face masks are still required for public transportation (University shuttles). Individuals have the option to wear a face mask and/or physical distance if they choose. The University asks that all in attendance at commencement be respectful of others in recognizing their personal decisions to do so.

Graduates and their guests planning on participating in the in-person ceremony on Friday, Aug. 6, 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:
    • 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
    • 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.