It's Time to Celebrate 2022 Commencement

Commencement is one of the most joyous events at Columbia Southern University, and we are committed to providing the Class of 2022 with a memorable commencement experience. Every year, we look forward to celebrating this incredible milestone with our graduates and their loved ones.

Ceremony Details

Columbia Southern University will hold its 2022 commencement ceremonies on Friday, Oct. 21, 2022, at the Foley Event Center located at OWA 1001 E. Pride Blvd., Foley, AL 36535. We are currently planning to hold two ceremonies, at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. You will be assigned a ceremony time. However, CSU reserves the right to add additional ceremonies and reassign graduates in order to balance capacity limits.

Please contact us with any questions regarding the 2022 Commencement Ceremony.

CSU graduate smiles and shakes hands as she crosses the stage during commencement

Keynote Speaker Dr. Rick Rigsby

Nearly 300 MILLION PEOPLE globally have viewed Dr. Rigsby’s sensational speech in the viral video titled, “Lessons from a Third Grade Dropout.”

As President and CEO of Rick Rigsby Communications, the internationally acclaimed speaker presents to the top companies worldwide. Dr. Rick is also a favorite among professional and collegiate sports organizations. Rigsby—a former award-winning professor—spent over two decades teaching at various colleges, most of those years serving at Texas A&M University. In addition to academic duties, Dr. Rigsby was hired by legendary football icon R. C. Slocum as chaplain and Life Skills coach for the Aggies football team.

A former award-winning journalist, Dr. Rigsby is a regular contributor on numerous national television and radio programs.

Inspired by a genuine conviction to help people realize their full potential, Rick Rigsby brings a combined four decades of experience and expertise to the set of How Ya Livin’? This transformative podcast encourages, inspires and challenges people at every level to dream bigger, stretch beyond comfort zones and achieve the impossible!

As Rick says, most people I meet are asking themselves the same unrelenting question, ‘I wonder how great I can actually be?’ What a privilege to help people make such profound discoveries!

A Wall Street Journal, USA Today and Amazon best-selling author, Dr. Rigsby’s books include, “Lessons From a Third Grade Dropout” and “Afraid to Hope”.


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. Up to three (3) additional tickets may be purchased for $25 each. 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.

Registration Information

The commencement registration deadline is September 6, 2022, 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.

Eligibility Guidelines

  • 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.

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

Commencement Registration
Close up of a CSU graduate shaking hands and accepting diploma during commencement

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.

September 16, 2022 is the final date to order regalia. No orders will be accepted after this date.

Order Your Regalia
Regalia Package Pricing
Item Price
Associates Basic Package $32.70
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

Pre-Commencement Activities

Join the CSU Alumni Association in kicking off the commencement celebration on Thursday, October 20, 2022 at Columbia Southern University campus from 2 p.m. until 5 p.m. There will be photo opportunities, access to the bookstore, and much more to enjoy. More details to come in the upcoming months. We look forward to celebrating with you!


Where to Stay and Eat

Virtual Commencement 2022

Columbia Southern University hosted a virtual ceremony on May 27, 2022.

Watch the 2022 CSU Virtual Commencement

View the Commencement Program