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Commencement Day


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During commencement, degree candidates march into the HTC Center, students process with their school, behind the University banners listing the name of the school. This ceremony includes addresses from the president, the chairman of the Board of Trustees, the commencement speaker; honorary degrees are bestowed; and students are officially recognized as graduates of the University.

The ceremony should last approximately one and a half hours. Graduates will partake in a Coastal Carolina University tradition as they recess out of the HTC Center and pass through the gauntlet. The gauntlet is a long-standing tradition where CCU faculty form a tunnel for students to pass through, enabling the faculty to wish the new graduates luck in their future endeavors. 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.  

Commencement Day Advisory: Heavy traffic on campus is expected throughout the weekend. Please take into consideration that the University will conduct bag checks at each entrance to the HTC Center. 


As this is a ceremonial event, we ask that all guests conduct themselves befitting the occasion. Alcohol is expressly forbidden. Fireworks, glassware, bottles, weapons, firearms, signs and other items that could contribute to hazardous conditions are not allowed and will be confiscated. Anyone with items deemed to be unsafe or to be safety hazards will be asked to leave the ceremony. Because they detract from the ceremony, noisemakers, umbrellas, balloons, balls or blow-up objects of any kind are prohibited. Guests are not permitted in the graduate seating area and are to remain seated during the entire ceremony. Taking pictures and videotaping is allowed, but tripods and monopods are not permitted. Cameras must be battery-operated and patrons must remain seated while taking photographs and videotaping. No strollers, car seats or baby carriers of any kind will be allowed in the seating area.

Special Assistance  

Students or guests who require special seating, disabled access or assisted hearing devices, etc., should contact Sandra Bradley Hayes at 843-349-2143 or

Handicap Seating 
Handicap seating areas have been provided for this ceremony, which is designated by the blue and white handicap attendant tape. Space is limited; therefore, we can only allow one escort per special needs guest. This area, like all commencement guest seating, is first-come, first-served. Volunteers will be on hand the day of commencement for assistance. For questions regarding handicap seating contact the Wheelwright Box Office at 843-349-2787. 

Hearing Impaired Services
A guest who is deaf or hearing impaired is recommended to sit in the designated section 105 in view of the American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter on stage. Interpreters will not sign while graduate names are being read. Assisted listening devices are available for use inside the HTC Center. These can be borrowed from the CHANT 411 service table located at the Gate 1 entrance inside the HTC Center. A photo ID will be required to check out equipment.

Accessible Parking and Mobility Assistance 
Disabled parking for the commencement ceremony will be located in front of the HTC Center. Parking attendants will be able to provide directions to drivers needing accessible parking. A state issued handicap tag is required for disabled parking. Designated handicap golf cart shuttles will be available to transport disabled/elderly guests who park in general parking, to the HTC Center.

Coastal Carolina University is committed to accommodating those with special needs. If you need special services, please contact the Office of Special Events (843-349-2811 or in advance so that we can accommodate you.