CONWAY, S.C. (WMBF) - Coastal Carolina University will hold two in-person commencement ceremonies in December, the school announced Tuesday.
According to a press release from CCU, one ceremony will be for students graduating this fall, while the other will be for students who graduated in virtual ceremonies during the 2020 spring and summer semesters.
“Graduating from college is a momentous occasion, and Coastal Carolina University is thrilled to be planning for the return of in-person commencement ceremonies,” said CCU President David A. DeCenzo. “We are being responsive to the heartfelt wishes of our graduating students and their families. The health and safety of everyone involved will be at the forefront of these traditional events on the Coastal Carolina campus.”
Officials said both ceremonies, which will be held outside at Brooks Stadium, will have limited capacity, with seating pods arranged to ensure physical distancing.
According to CCU, all attendees will be required to wear face masks to protect against COVID-19, and the school’s Clear Bag Policy will be enforced.
More information about the ceremonies can be found here.
For students graduating this fall, the in-person commencement ceremony is scheduled for Friday, Dec. 11, at 1 p.m. Graduates of all five colleges will be honored at this time. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held Sunday, Dec. 13, at 1 p.m., inside Brooks Stadium.
CCU will also be premiering a virtual ceremony on Friday, Dec. 18, at 6 p.m., which will recognize all fall 2020 graduates.
For spring and summer graduates, who participated in virtual commencement ceremonies due to COVID-19 concerns, are invited back to campus to attend an in-person ceremony on Saturday, Dec. 12, at 1 p.m. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be rescheduled for Monday, Dec. 14, at 1 p.m., inside Brooks Stadium.
CCU received approval from the South Carolina Department of Commerce to host the commencement ceremonies inside Brooks Stadium.