2017 CSU Commencement Ceremonies

CSU is pleased to announce the 2017 Commencement Ceremonies will be held October 27, 2017 at the Foley Event Center at OWA in Foley, Alabama at 10 a.m. CST.


Students must comply with the following criteria to participate in the CSU Commencement Ceremony:

  • Students must have submitted a petition to graduate and have received audit results.
  • Students must have completed all graduation requirements or have submitted their enrollment registrations for any remaining course(s) required for program completion at the time of commencement registration.
  • Students who participate in the commencement ceremony and have not completed all of their graduation requirements are not eligible to be designated as graduating with honors.

Graduates must submit a $135 ceremony fee along with the commencement registration form to participate. Friends and family are welcome to attend the commencement ceremony, and each graduate can request up to 6 tickets at no additional cost. Additional tickets beyond 6 can be purchased for $25 each. Please note that as you fill out the registration form, you must request your guest tickets. This ensures we have an accurate head count and can allow as many graduates to participate as possible. Once seating is filled and we have reached maximum capacity, registration will be closed and a wait list will be opened.

Register Now

The deadline to register for commencement is September 18, 2017 or when capacity is reached, whichever comes first.

CSU Commencement Speaker Erin Gruwell

Keynote Speaker — Erin Gruwell

Teacher, author, and the founder of the Freedom Writers Foundation.

By fostering an educational philosophy that values and promotes diversity, Erin transformed her students’ lives. She encouraged them to re-think rigid beliefs about themselves and others, reconsider daily decisions, and ultimately re-chart their futures. Erin and her students captured their collective journey in The Freedom Writers Diary.

Erin founded the Freedom Writers Foundation where she currently teaches educators around the world how to implement her innovative lesson plans into their own classrooms. She created the Freedom Writers Methodology, a progressive teaching philosophy and curricula designed to achieve excellence from all students.

Erin continues to fight for equality in education and inspires teachers and students all over the world with her work.

Order Your Class RingRegalia Information

Graduates will need to purchase regalia for the commencement ceremony.  You can order your regalia through www.herffjones.com/college/columbiasouthern.  This order will be shipped directly to you.  Make sure to bring everything when you come to commencement.

Regalia Package Pricing:
Associates/Bachelors Basic Package $32.70
Bachelors with Honors $39.95
Masters with Hood $56.35
Doctors with Hood $67.75

Students are encouraged to place their regalia order by 9/18/17 to ensure delivery in time for commencement. 

Open House

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Alumni Reception

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Additional information will be updated as it becomes available.

For questions about commencement, please contact Nickie Cooper at Nickie.Cooper@columbiasouthern.edu or Teresa Thomas at Teresa.Thomas@columbiasouthern.edu