Dear Summer 2021 Graduates and Fall 2021 Graduation Candidates,
North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is making preparations for your upcoming graduation and the university’s 138th Commencement exercises on Saturday, December 11, 2021. Congratulations as you prepare to set forth and soar!
In keeping with the university’s “Protect the Nest” initiative and NCCU’s COVID-19 protocols and guidelines, you received correspondence earlier this week regarding our COVID-19 Commencement prerequisites. This information highlighted NCCU’s ongoing COVID-19 plan and management specifically leading up to and on December 11, 2021, to ensure a safe and healthy environment for you, our graduates, as well as our faculty, staff and guests.
All graduates are required to successfully complete one of the following three steps prior to December 10, 2021:
1. Email proof of full COVID-19 vaccination.
- Individuals are fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose of Moderna or Pfizer or after their single-dose J&J vaccine. Please send proof to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deadline: December 5, 2021,5 p.m.
2. Email a positive COVID-19 test result collected between September 11 and November 26, 2021, to email@example.com.
Deadline: December 1, 2021, 5 p.m.
3. Obtain a negative COVID-19 antigen test 72 hours prior to Commencement.
- Rapid-antigen testing will be available on campus Wednesday, December 8, and Thursday, December 9, by appointment only. Schedule an appointment in Medicat.
- Test results obtained off campus must be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Home test results will not be accepted.
Deadline: December 9, 2021, 5 p.m.
As noted in the memo, any student who tests positive for COVID-19 from November 26 to December 11, 2021, will be quarantined and unable to participate in Commencement exercises.
Each graduate will receive two non-transferable tickets that can be provided to two guests. These tickets cannot be given to another graduate or transferred to someone else as NCCU is working in strict compliance with established COVID-19 guidance. While it is not required for a graduate to participate in Commencement exercises, NCCU strongly encourages all graduates’ guests to get vaccinated or obtain a negative COVID-19 test result before attending the exercises. Graduates, guests, faculty and staff will be required to wear a mask or face covering for the entire duration of their ceremony, which will be held in McDougald-McLendon Arena.