The week ahead for the Myrtle Beach area

Graduations begin

Horry-Georgetown Technical College kicks off graduation season with its ceremony at 7 p.m. Thursday, at Coastal Carolina University’s HTC Student Recreation and Convocation Center. CCU’s commencement will be held Saturday, 8:30 a.m., at Brooks Stadium. Both ceremonies require tickets from a student for entry.

Budget hearing

The North Myrtle Beach City Council is scheduled to hold a public hearing and first reading for its fiscal 2015 budget at its meeting Monday. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. in City Council chambers.

Relocation talk

The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce is holding a meeting at 9 a.m. Monday for a real estate and relocation update. The update discussion will focus on comments from focus groups in Pittsburgh, Pa., about what they want in an area where they may relocate. The meeting, open to the public, is to be held at the Myrtle Beach Sheraton.

Honoring moms

In case you haven’t been paying attention, Sunday is Mother’s Day, time to show your love and appreciation for the woman who raised you, raised your children, or in any way provided support for you when you needed it most.

No matter how simple, or elaborate your celebration plan may be, it’s safe to say she’ll be appreciative. Just don’t forget.

Draft days

The NFL draft this week should have plenty of S.C. flair.

South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney and Clemson wide receiver Sammy Watkins are considered by many to go in the top five on Thursday, when first-round selections will be made. Coverage begins at 8 p.m. on ESPN and NFL Network.

A pair of former Coastal Carolina standouts – wide receiver Matt Hazel and running back Lorenzo Taliaferro – are hoping to hear their names called either Friday (second and third rounds) or Saturday (fourth through seventh rounds). Coverage Friday starts at 6:30 p.m. and Saturday at noon, and both days will also be televised by ESPN and NFL Network.

Big South softball

The Big South Conference softball tournament is in town this week as top-seeded Coastal Carolina hosts at CCU Softball field on campus.

The tournament begins Thursday and ends with Sunday’s championship game at noon. The Chants open up Thursday at 2:30 p.m. against the winner of Gardner-Webb/Liberty, which play a single-elimination game at 9 a.m. to kick off the tournament.