Commencement Day Advisory: Heavy traffic on the university's campus is expected throughout the weekend. Please take into consideration that the University will be conducting bag checks at each gate entering the HTC Center.
Doors into the HTC Center concourse will open at 7:30 a.m. Ceremony programs will be available for guests at each of the entrances into the HTC arena.
Commencement begins at 8:30 a.m. as degree candidates march into the HTC Center (Note: Arena doors will close at 8:30 a.m., and will re-open when the procession is complete). 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, and the commencement speaker; honorary degrees are bestowed; and students are officially recognized as graduates of the university.
The ceremony should last approximately two hours. Graduates will partake in a Coastal 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 newly 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.