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 2022?
    • The last day for current seniors to register to graduate for Fall 2022 graduation was September 16, 2022. By this deadline, students need to pay their fee to complete their processing to earn their degree.
    • The dates were posted on the 2022 Spring Academic Calendar.
  1. As a current senior, if I missed registering to graduate in Fall 2022, can I participate in commencement?.
    • If you did not register for Fall 2022 graduation, you can apply for the Spring 2023 graduation. The application will open October 1, 2022 for students who did not previously apply for Fall 2022 graduation.
  2. 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. Will masks need to be worn?
    • The University will continue to follow the CDC guidelines. More information will be available as we approach the commencement date.
  1. What time is the ceremony for the Fall 2022 graduates?
    • The Graduate College ceremony will be held on Friday, December 9, 2022 at 3 pm at the Greensboro Coliseum Novant Fieldhouse. Graduates are asked to arrive promptly by 2 p.m. to line up for the ceremony.
    • The Undergraduate ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. Graduates will be asked to arrive promptly by 7:30 a.m. to line up for the ceremony in West Wing A in the Special Events Center of the Greensboro Coliseum.
  2. How are seats being spaced?
    • There is open seating at the Greensboro Coliseum. This is not a ticketed event.
  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 3:00 p.m. Graduate College Commencment at 1:30 p.m.
    • Doors will open for the 8:30 a.m. Undergraduate Commencement at 7:00 a.m..

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