2014 CSU Graduation Ceremony

2014 CSU Graduation Ceremony

CSU Graduation App for iPadCSU is pleased to announce the 2014 commencement ceremonies will be held October 24, 2014 at the Orange Beach Event Center at the Wharf in Orange Beach, Ala.

The Wharf is the Gulf Coast's premier destination resort and marina featuring the best selection of shopping, dining and entertainment on the island with various restaurants, boutiques, stores, amphitheater, a 112-foot tall Ferris wheel and 15-screen movie theater!

Information will be updated as it becomes available.

For questions, please contact Maury Coker at
or call 1-800-977-8449 ext. 1207

Please note, registration for the graduation ceremony is now closed.

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Keynote Speaker - Oliver NorthOliver North

Oliver North is a combat decorated U.S. Marine, a No. 1 best-selling author, the founder of a small business, an inventor with three U.S. patents, a syndicated columnist, and the host of "War Stories" on Fox News Channel.

North was born in San Antonio, Texas, graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland, and served 22 years as a Marine officer. His awards for service in combat include the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for valor and two Purple Hearts for wounds in action.

Assigned to the National Security Council staff in the Reagan administration, Lt. Col. North was the United States government's counter-terrorism coordinator from 1983-1986. He was involved in planning the rescue of 804 medical students on the island of Grenada and played a major role in the daring capture of the terrorists who hijacked the cruise ship Achille Lauro. After helping plan the U.S. raid on Muammar Qaddafi's terror bases in Libya, North was targeted for assassination by Abu Nidal, the infamous terrorist killed in Baghdad in August, 2002. President Ronald Reagan described North as "an American hero."

Since 2001, he has been the host of "War Stories" – the award-winning military documentary series on Fox News Channel -- and has been embedded with more than 55 U.S. and allied combat units. North has authored 13 books, all of them New York Times best sellers. His latest, "Heroes Proved," is a is a gripping tale of intrigue and duplicity at the highest levels of the U.S. Government.

North serves on the Board of Directors of the National Rifle Association and is the founder of Freedom Alliance, a foundation providing college scholarships to the sons and daughters of U.S. military personnel killed in the line of duty. He claims his most important accomplishment is being "the husband of one, the father of four and the grandfather of fourteen."


Order your cap and gown through Columbia Southern University as the school name to ensure the proper regalia is ordered. This order will be shipped directly to you. Make sure to remember to bring everything when you come to graduation.

Regalia Package Pricing:
Associate/Bachelor package - $23.20
Bachelor package with honors cords - $30.45
Master package with hood - $46.85
Doctoral package with hood - $58.25

Students are encouraged to place their regalia order by 9/1/14.


CSU Graduation Ceremony Directions

CSU Open House Directions

CSU Graduation Reception Directions

Open House

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (CST)
Where: 21982 University Lane
Orange Beach, Ala. 36561

Join us for a tour of the CSU Campus, and a chance to meet and spend time with many staff members here at CSU. Light snacks and refreshments will be served. Several departments will have booths set up to answer questions and offer career services.

For more information contact Pat Pigott at

Graduation Reception

When: Thursday, October 23, 2014, 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. (CST)
Where: Gulf State Park Pavilion
22920 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Gulf Shores, Ala. 36542

Meet your fellow graduates, alumni, faculty, and CSU staff for a time of fellowship and networking to celebrate your graduation! Your guests are invited to join us on the beach. Appetizers and light refreshments will be served. This is a family-friendly, alcohol free event.

Information and Reception Registration


Hilton Garden Inn
23092 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561 (map)
Group Code - CSG
Rates from $99/night
Hampton Inn and Suites
25518 Perdido Beach Blvd.
Orange Beach, AL 36561
251-923-4400 Ext. 7787
Rates from $164/night
Courtyard Marriott
3750 Gulf Shores Parkway
Gulf Shores, AL 36542 (map)
Rates from $89/night
Fairfield Inn & Suites
3111 Loop Road
Orange Beach, AL 36561
Group Code - CSUG
Book your group rate
Rates from $129/night
Staybridge Suites 
3947 Gulf Shores Pkwy,
Gulf Shores, AL 36542
(251) 975-1030
Group code-
Columbia Southern Graduation (CSG)
Studio Suite- $83.30/ Night
One Bedroom Suite- $97.30 / Night
Two Bedroom Suite- $177.70/ Night


Young's Suncoast
(Condo rentals)
3639 Gulf Shores Parkway, Suite 1
Gulf Shores, Alabama, 36542
Promo Code: COLUMBIA14