Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Commencement

Applying to Graduate and Participation in Commencement

  1. As a current senior, when was the deadline to register to graduate in Fall 2023?
    • The last day for current seniors to register to graduate for Fall 2023 graduation was August 31, 2023. By this deadline, students need to pay their fee to complete their processing to earn their degree. 
    • The dates were posted on the 2023 Fall Academic Calendar.
  2. As a current senior, if I missed registering to graduate in the spring commencement, can I participate in the fall commencement? 
      • If you did not register for the spring commencement, you can apply for either the Summer Session I or Summer Session II graduation. North Carolina A&T State University does not have a summer commencement. Summer applicants will be eligible to participate in the Fall Commencement.   
  3. If I do not participate in the commencement ceremony, will I still graduate and receive my degree?
  • Yes. You will still graduate as long as you have registered with our Registrar’s Office to graduate by the requested deadline and have met all degree requirements successfully. The ceremony is a celebratory way to publicly recognize graduates, but participation is completely voluntary.
  1. What time is the ceremony for the Fall 2023 graduates?
    • The Graduate College ceremony will be held on Friday, December 15, 2023 at 9 am at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. Graduates are asked to arrive promptly by 8 am to line up for the ceremony.
    • The Undergraduate Ceremony will be held at 9 am at the Greensboro Coliseum. Graduates will be asked to arrive promptly by 8 am to line up for the ceremony in West Wing A in the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum.
  1. How long will the ceremony last?
    • The commencement ceremony has been modified to be approximately two hours for the program, including recognition of each graduate.
  1. May we remain in the coliseum after commencement to take photos?
    • For safety reasons, we will ask graduates and guests to leave and exit the coliseum immediately following the ceremony. Please avoid gathering.
  2. How early can families arrive to the coliseum to line up to go inside?
    • Doors will open for the 9 am Graduate College Commencement at 7:30 am.
    • Doors will open for the 9 am Undergraduate Commencement at 7:30 am.

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