It's Time to Celebrate Commencement 2021

Commencement is one of the most joyous events at Columbia Southern University, and we are committed to providing the Class of 2021 with a memorable commencement experience. Every year, we look forward to celebrating this incredible milestone with our graduates and their loved ones.

As we continue to navigate the Coronavirus pandemic, we hope to celebrate with you in person. Your safety is our top priority. We will continue monitoring the ongoing situation and will provide updates as they are available. CSU’s current plans are as follows.


Ceremony Details

Columbia Southern University will hold its 2021 commencement ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 22, 2021, at the Foley Event Center at OWA (1001 E. Pride Blvd., Foley, AL 36535). Due to the current capacity requirements, the university will limit each ceremony to a 50% capacity. We will share more information closer to time, including the number of ceremonies, ceremony times and more.

Please contact us with any questions regarding the 2021 Commencement Ceremony.

Registration Information

  • Students must submit a petition to graduate and receive audit results.* 
  • Students must submit a $145 ceremony fee along with the commencement registration form to participate. 
  • Students must complete 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 have not completed all graduation requirements by the registration deadline are not eligible to be designated as graduating with honors.

The commencement registration deadline is Aug. 13, 2021, or when maximum seating capacity is reached, whichever comes first. Once registration is closed, CSU will add all additional registrants to a waitlist until further notice.

*Students must complete the registration form in addition to submitting their petition to graduate.


For many, earning your degree has been a longtime goal. We encourage you to invite friends and family to join you at the ceremony. Each graduate may request up to four guest tickets. To ensure an accurate head count, you must request all guest tickets on the registration form. Small children who do not require their own chair will not require a ticket. As a graduate, you do not need a ticket to participate.

Regalia Information

Graduates are required to wear regalia during the commencement ceremony. You may order your regalia through Herff Jones will ship your regalia materials directly to you prior to commencement.

Orders placed on or after Sept. 27, 2021 will incur an expedited shipping fee. Graduates must place all orders by Oct. 1, 2021 to ensure delivery by commencement. No orders will be allowed after this date.

Order Your Regalia
Regalia Package Pricing
Item Price
Associates/Bachelors Basic Package $32.70
Bachelors with Honors $39.95
Masters with Hood $59.45
Doctors with Hood $87.85

The Foley Event Center at OWA

The CSU Commencement Ceremonies are held at The Foley Event Center at OWA, located just minutes away from the CSU campus.

Driving Directions from Nearby Airports

More to Come

Additional details regarding keynote speaker, etc. will be announced shortly.

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