Amaris Smiling, a Sociology major from Manning, SC, 29102, graduated from Coastal Carolina University in Summer 2020.
Coastal Carolina University held its virtual commencement ceremony on Friday, Aug. 7, at 6 p.m., featuring a recorded message from Carolyn Dillian, a professor of anthropology and recipient of CCU's 2020 HTC Distinguished Teacher-Scholar Lecturer Award.
President David A. DeCenzo presided over the ceremony for the summer Class of 2020, which was launched on the Coastal Carolina University YouTube channel.
Nearly 400 students were eligible to participate in the virtual summer commencement ceremony. It incorporated many traditional customs associated with on-campus commencement exercises, including formal remarks from the president, provost, and deans in full academic regalia; a message from Dillian; the official conferring of the graduate and undergraduate academic degrees; and the playing of the alma mater.
The virtual ceremony also featured individual student recognition slides that were shown during the event.
Coastal Carolina University is a dynamic, public comprehensive liberal arts institution located in Conway, just minutes from the resort area of Myrtle Beach, S.C.
Coastal Carolina University offers baccalaureate degrees in 94 major fields of study. Among CCU's 30 graduate-level programs are 26 master's degrees, two educational specialist degrees, and the doctorates in education and marine science: coastal and marine systems science. The most popular undergraduate majors are marine science, management, exercise and sport science, communication and psychology. CCU boasts a growing array of internship, research and international opportunities for students, as well as numerous online programs through Coastal Online.
More than 10,000 students from across the country and around the world interact with a world-class faculty, and enjoy a nationally competitive NCAA I athletic program, an inspiring cultural calendar, and a tradition of community interaction that is fueled by more than 120 student clubs and organizations.
Coastal Carolina University was founded in 1954 as Coastal Carolina Junior College and became an independent state university in 1993.