October 4, 2023

Graduation is Here!

Today is the day!

More than 3,500 graduates and their guests are descending on the Orange Beach Event Center to enjoy the CSU commencement ceremonies in Orange Beach, Ala.

Two graduation ceremonies, one at 9 a.m. and the other at 2 p.m., will be held to accommodate approximately 700 graduates and their families and friends. Both ceremonies will feature keynote speaker Oliver North, 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.

In addition, graduates will hear opening remarks from Orange Beach Mayor Tony Kennon, Alabama Sen. Tripp Pittman and U.S. Rep. Bradley Byrne.

If you cannot attend the ceremony, we encourage you to take advantage of the livestream and watch the ceremonies on this beautiful day and celebrate with us!



  1. Emilio R. Campo

    Would like to know where one would be able to get copies of pictures taken during the ceremonies.

    1. Claire Stewart

      Sharon, we will be uploading the photos to our flickr account at the end of the week. Our username on flickr is columbiasoutherneg.

    2. Claire Stewart

      Sharon, I assumed you were talking about graduation photos that were taken by staff photographers at open house, the alumni reception, and behind the scenes at graduation. If you meant the photos that were taken on the stage at graduation, you can go to to find those images. Sorry for the confusion.

  2. Vo Van Cong

    Greetings from Saigon Vietnam.

    I haven’t received the photos taken on Graduation day Oct. 24th 2014. Please help me send them to me. I do appreciate your kind support.

    Vo Van Cong