139th Commencement Exercises

North Carolina Central University's 139th Commencement Exercises were held in McDougald-McLendon Arena on Friday, May 6, 2022, at 8 a.m. (Baccalaureate), and Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 8 a.m. (Graduate and Professional).

Both ceremonies were streamed on NCCU’s YouTube channel and the university’s website:

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Graduate/Professional Ceremony

Congratulations on your candidacy for graduation! Please check out the graduation checklist and FAQs to help you prepare for a memorable event.

Baccalaureate Ceremony

Watch the undergraduate ceremony from May 6, 2022.

Graduate/Professional Ceremony

Watch the graduate and professional ceremony from May 7, 2022.

News and Updates

Spring 2022 Honor Cord Delivery and Pick-up Schedule

Spring Commencement Parking Announcement

Parking Map

Note: If you and/or your guest(s) would like to request accommodations for various accessibility needs for the Spring 2022 Commencement Ceremony, please complete the Spring 2022 Commencement Accommodations Request Form (coming soon) by Friday, April 22, 2022, at 5 p.m. Should you have any additional questions or concerns regarding accommodations, please contact the Office of Student Accessibility Services (SAS) by phone at 919-530-6325 or by email at sas@nccu.edu.

139th Commencement Exercises: Highlights

The Undergraduate Ceremony were held Friday, May 6, 2022, at 8 a.m. 

The Graduate and Professional Ceremony were held Saturday, May 7, 2022, at 8 a.m.

Commencement Speakers

Agnes Moss

Agnes Moss

Founder and President
National Black Movie Association
(Baccalaureate Ceremony, May 6)

Keisha Lance Bottoms

Attorney Keisha Lance Bottoms

60th Mayor of the City of Atlanta
(Graduate and Professional Ceremony, May 7)


Graduates Spotlight

Graduate Olesia Headen in lab

Olesia Headen

Bachelor of Science, Chemistry

When Olesia Headen arrived at NCCU in fall 2019, she had already earned an associate’s degree in science education. And, on May 6, 2022, she will have achieved her bachelor’s degree in chemistry within three short years.

Nursing Graduate Sheriff Mansaray in front of Eagle General Hospital

Sheriff Mansaray

Bachelor of Science, Nursing

For Sheriff Mansaray, the injustices he witnessed within the healthcare system in his home country of Sierra Leone in West Africa inspired his dream to become a nurse.

Hospitality Management graduate Shanae Bryant in Darden Culinary Laboratory

Shanae Bryant

Bachelor of Science, Hospitality and Tourism Administration

With tools from NCCU’s Hospitality and Tourism Administration program, Madame B’s bakery owner Shanae Bryant opened her first storefront in Raleigh and established a partnership with PNC Arena, where she also sells her baked goods.

NCCU Law Student Frederick Serrano-Jimenez

Frederick Serrano-Jimenez

Juris Doctor

Frederick Serrano-Jimenez always wanted to go to law school, but it was during a gap year after obtaining his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro when he decided he should enroll sooner rather than later.

Graduate Taylor Dorsey Flowers in front of Dent Human Sciences Building

Taylor Dorsey-Flowers

Master of Science, Human Sciences 

Community service has always been important to Taylor Dorsey-Flowers, a Durham, N.C., native and co-founder of the nonprofit organization GROWTH NC.

graduate Christie Smith in front of School of Education

Christie Smith

Master of Education, Visual Impairment and Assistive Technology

Christie Smith, a Durham N.C., native has never backed down from a challenge. At 20 years old, she was diagnosed with retinitis pigmentosa, a rare, degenerative retinal disease that eventually left her legally blind. However, throughout the years, she learned to embrace her unique journey with visual impairment, which helped her become more aware of the overwhelming need for service professionals in the field.