The Graduate College

Welcome from Dean Gloster

Dear Graduate Students,

Greetings and a hearty Aggie Pride welcome to The Graduate College at North Carolina A&T State University! It is both an honor and a pleasure to extend my warmest greetings to you as you embark on your graduate education journey at America’s largest HBCU (Historically Black College and University).

I am excited to welcome you to our esteemed university community, where Aggie Pride is not just a slogan – it's a way of life. We are delighted that you have chosen North Carolina A&T State University to pursue your advanced studies, and we look forward to supporting you on your academic and professional endeavors.

At N.C. A&T, "Aggie Pride" is more than just a catchphrase; it's a reflection of the deep sense of community, resilience, and excellence that defines our institution. From pioneering research to impactful community engagement, you are now part of a legacy that continually strives for greatness.

I want to assure you that you are entering an environment where your growth and success are our top priorities. Our dedicated faculty, supportive staff, and your fellow Aggie graduate students are here to guide, mentor, and inspire you throughout your academic journey.

Your decision to pursue graduate studies at N.C. A&T reflects a commitment to excellence, innovation, and making a positive impact in your field of study. We are confident that your contributions will enhance the rich tapestry of scholarship and achievement that characterizes our university.

As you immerse yourself in the dynamic academic atmosphere of our Graduate College, I encourage you to embrace the values of Aggie Pride – resilience, integrity, and a commitment to service. Together, we can create an environment where academic and personal success go hand in hand.

Please take advantage of the numerous resources available to you, from cutting-edge research facilities to a supportive and diverse community of scholars. Remember, at N.C. A&T, you are not just a student; you are a valued member of a close-knit family. As Aggies, we strive for excellence, uplift those around them, and leave an indelible mark on the world. I have no doubt that your time at North Carolina A&T State University will be transformative, and I eagerly anticipate the incredible achievements that will result from your dedication and hard work.

A&T is a community of academic excellence and positive action. Our vision for tomorrow is inspired by a proud tradition of visionaries, thinkers and doers. We believe in what we will become because we believe in those who call themselves Aggies. You will find opportunity. You will push forward. You will succeed. Because that’s what AGGIES DO!

Once again, welcome to the Aggie family! Your presence enriches our community, and we are excited to witness your academic and personal growth.

Aggie Pride!


Clay Gloster, Jr., Ph.D., P.E.
Vice Provost for Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate College

Learn More About Graduate Dean Clay Gloster, Jr.

ABET, an accreditation organization for programs in science, engineering, and technology, has recently published a profile of Dr. Clay Gloster, Jr., Vice Provost for Graduate Research and Dean of the Graduate College at N.C. A&T. The article highlights Dean Gloster's commitment to providing opportunities for growth and mentorship to underrepresented minorities.
Read the full article here