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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 commencement, a student’s 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 WebAdvisor. Graduation applications were due on Friday, Feb. 12, 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.

What do I need to do if I want to participate in the commencement ceremony?

Students wanting to participate in commencement need to take the following steps:

Apply for graduation through WebAdvisor. Graduation applications were due on Friday, Feb. 12, 2021. More information regarding the graduation application process can be found here.

Once the grad application has been completed, students 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 grad app status needs to state “Your graduation application is being processed in the Office of the Registrar” by 5 P.M. EDT on Friday, July 2.

Order your regalia by Sunday, July 18.

Claim your tickets beginning at 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 13.

Follow the commencement Facebook page (@CCUGrad) and continue to check the commencement website and your CCU email for announcements.

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 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 5 p.m. on Friday, July 2.

What is the dress code for commencement?

Business casual is the dress code of choice for commencement ceremonies. Please keep the following factors in mind when determining what to wear:

  • Temperatures in Conway, SC, during the beginning of Aug., can range from highs in the 90s to lows in the 70s.
  • Graduates are required to wear full academic regalia (cap, gown, and tassel) for the ceremony.
Do face coverings/masks have to be worn?

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.

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. For more information about graduating with honors, view the 2020-21 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. Honor stoles must be purchased by Thursday, July 8, or a late fee will be applied for purchases made between July 9-23. 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 4.0
Magna cum Laude: a cumulative GPA of 3.75 - 3.99
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 notifying them of eligibility along with instructions on how to purchase their stole. Honor stoles must be purchased by Thursday, July 8, or a late fee will be applied for purchases made between July 9-23. 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?

Regalia must be ordered online by Sunday, July 18, 2021, to receive before the ceremony. Order your regalia

Ceremony and Venue Information

How long does the ceremony last?

The ceremony should last approximately two (2) hours; however, the length of the ceremony may vary due to the size of the graduating class within each college.

Will concessions be available?

Yes, limited concessions will be available at the HTC Center. No outside food or beverages (except for a 16.9 FL OZ sealed water bottle) are allowed inside the arena.

What time will students and guests be allowed into the venue?

Doors into the HTC Center will open 90 minutes prior to the start of the ceremony. Students are to arrive dressed in regalia, no later than one hour prior to the start of the event and enter at Gate 3.

Can I enter through the same gate as my graduate?

Graduates are the only ones who can enter through Gate 3. Gates 1 and 2 are the designated entrances for guests.

Will the ceremony be streamed online?

Yes, the ceremony will be streamed live and viewable on the Live Streaming page and the Commencement YouTube Channel.

We have a guest that needs ADA seating and transportation. 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 on hand the day of commencement to assist.

Limited accessible parking is available in the AA lot in front of the HTC Center. This lot is accessible via Founders Drive, and only open to those with an official state-issued ADA placard. Designated accessible golf cart shuttles will be available to transport guests who need assistance getting to the HTC Center. All CCU shuttles are wheelchair accessible.

Please visit the accessibility page for details. If you have further questions, you may contact the Office of Special Events at specialevents@coastal.edu or 843-349-2811.

Tickets

How many tickets are graduates able to claim?

Eligible graduates may claim eight (8) guest tickets in addition to their one (1) graduate ticket. Tickets will be available to claim under their CINO ID number by visiting tickets.coastal.edu and selecting “Commencement Tickets.” Tickets will be available starting at 9 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 13. Access to the tickets will continue until 4 p.m. EDT on Monday, Aug. 2.

Do family members and guests need tickets to attend the ceremony?

Yes, tickets are required for the ceremony. For specific information regarding ticket numbers and distribution, visit the Claim Tickets page.

What if I can't get the number of tickets that I need for all my guests?

For assistance with additional tickets, please contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2787.

Do graduates need a ticket?

Yes, if a student is planning on participating in the ceremony a ticket is required. For specific information regarding tickets, visit the Claim Tickets page.

Do infants require a ticket for the ceremony?

Children, ages one and older, are required to have a ticket.

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

Unfortunately, no. All tickets must come from your student who is the only person able to claim tickets.

Are tickets for a specific seat?

Graduate seating will be assigned, but guest seating is offered on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Post Commencement Details

How do I order photos taken at the ceremony?

GradImages is the official vendor for CCU commencement photos. Graduates will receive an email, to their CCU email account, with a link to their picture proofs along with ordering instructions. Photos from the ceremony can also be accessed through GradImages' website

Will the ceremony be recorded for future viewing?

Yes, recordings of Coastal Carolina University Commencement ceremonies are archived on the Commencement YouTube Channel.

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 you 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 their 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.