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.

Program Booklet

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

Graduate and Professional Ceremony Live Stream

View the graduate and professional ceremony held on Saturday, May 4, 2024.

Baccalaureate Ceremony Live Stream

View the baccalaureate ceremony held on Saturday, May 4, 2024

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

Effective immediately, ADA seating requests for the lower floor of the McDougald-McLendon Arena are no longer available due to limited seating arrangements. However, virtual viewing sites will be provided for your convenience. Additionally, both ceremonies will be streamed live on NCCU's YouTube channel and the university's website for broader accessibility.

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.

#NCCU24 Graduate Spotlight

Elena Kendrick

Elena Kendrick

From Creative Child to Accomplished Graduate

A person could be ready for a nap by the time they finished reading about the various honors and accomplishments of Elena Kendrick.

Sandi Owens

Sandi Owens

Graduating Student Aims to Help Others — and Herself — to Adapt

One day in her 11th-grade history class, Sandi Owens suddenly found she could not see out of her right eye.

“I went to read a textbook and I could not see,” said Owens. “My teacher was like, ‘Sandi, stop lying.’”

Daris Stephens-York

Daris Stephens-York

Law School Grad Helps Youth Through Sports, Court and Nonprofit

If there is a theme in the life of Darius Stephens-York, it is helping youth. For Stephens-York, who will graduate from the School of Law at North Carolina Central University (NCCU) on May 4, helping young people has manifested in several ways.

Andraya Yearwood

Andraya Yearwood

Languages Come Easy to Graduating Senior

When Andraya Yearwood began studying Spanish in seventh grade, she would listen to songs in Spanish and read the lyrics. Then, she would translate them into English.

“I would learn vocabulary through the songs,” Yearwood said. “I would see how the verbs were conjugated and the grammatical structures I learned through the lyrics.”

Alexis Hurd

Alexis Hurd

Graduating Student Takes Incremental Approach to Becoming a Lawyer

Alexis Hurd had thought about becoming a lawyer while earning her undergraduate degrees and had interviewed a couple of her professors who had law degrees. “(They said) it’s a big commitment,” Hurd recalled. “That you want to make sure you are ready for it.”