143rd Commencement Exercises

143rd Commencement Exercises

North Carolina Central University’s (NCCU) 143rd Commencement Exercises will be held in McDougald-McLendon Arena on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at 9 a.m. (graduate and professional) and 2 p.m. (baccalaureate).

Both ceremonies will be streamed on NCCU’s YouTube channel and the university’s website. 

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

All attendees of the 143rd Commencement Exercises must adhere to the Department of Athletics’ clear bag policy. All permissible bags will be checked upon entry into the arena. All bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and less than 12" x 12"x 6" — exceptions will be made for medical and baby needs. Small wristlets/clutches (less than 4.5" x 6.5" x 1") with or without a strap are permitted.

Important Notices for Graduates

143rd Commencement Exercises: Highlights

The baccalaureate and graduate and professional ceremonies will take place at the McDougald-McLendon Arena on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

The graduate and professional ceremony will begin at 9 a.m. Graduating students are advised to arrive by 7 a.m. for line-up in the arena.

The baccalaureate ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. Graduating students are advised to arrive by 12 p.m. for line-up in the arena.

Simulcast Viewing Sites for the Ceremonies: 

  • NCCU Student Center (500 Nelson St.)
  • Nursing Building Auditorium (1402 S. Alston Ave.) 
  • Miller-Morgan Health Sciences Building Auditorium (530 Nelson St.)
  • H.M. Michaux Jr. School of Education Building Auditorium (700 Cecil St.)
  • Albert L. Turner Law Building, Room 100 (640 Nelson St.)

News and Updates

Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye cordially invites you to attend:
Chancellor's Reception for Graduating Students and Their Families
May 3, 2024, 12–3 p.m.
NCCU Student Center

Spring Commencement Parking

Parking Map

Note: If you and/or your guest(s) would like to request accommodations for various accessibility needs for the Spring 2024 Commencement Ceremonies, please complete the Spring 2024 Commencement Accommodation Registration Form. Please note that floor seating arrangements are limited and individuals that are receiving accommodations may be placed at a virtual viewing site. 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 [email protected].

Commencement Speaker

Billionaire industrialist and philanthropist Trisha Bailey, Ph.D., will deliver the keynote address at the institution's 143rd Commencement Exercises on Saturday, May 4, 2024, at McDougald-McLendon Arena.