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Commencement Information

North Carolina Wesleyan College holds two commencement ceremonies a year, one in December and another in May. You will find information concerning applying for graduation, ceremony information, ticket information, and other graduation activities below and by following the links to the left.

Congratulations on completing your college degree! We look forward to seeing you on Commencement Day!

Commencement Information

December 13, 2014

Time and Place

Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Minges Auditorium located in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts.

Graduates MUST be assembled in the Carlton Boardroom of the Dunn Center between 8:30 -  9:00 a.m.  More information is provided below in the Assembly of Degree Candidates section.

Guests must be seated in the auditorium by 9:45 a.m. before the procession of the graduates.

Commencement Vouchers

Each graduate may request up to 5 vouchers for the reserved seating of their guests. Ticket vouchers may be picked up at Graduation Fairs. Graduation Fairs will be held on the following dates:

  • Rocky Mount Campus, October 27, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Triangle Campus, October 28, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.
  • Goldsboro Campus, October 29, 2014 from 4:30-6:00 p.m.

If you are unable to attend one of these Graduation Fairs, please contact one of the following for voucher pick up:

  • Triangle students contact Ms. Raziya Fatteh at 919-465-4778
  • Goldsboro students contact Ms. Laura Estes at 919-736-2315
  • Rocky Mount students contact Ms. Rachel Dix at 252-985-5175

The deadline for voucher pickup is November 21, 2014. The College is not responsible for lost or misplaced vouchers. Replacement vouchers will not be available. There is no sign up for extra vouchers.

Please note, there is no overflow seating.  

Admission of Guests

For admittance to the Dunn Center, you must take your commencement vouchers to the Hartness Center and exchange them for for a Dunn Center ticket with an assigned seat number. The Hartness Center will open at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 13,2014. Commencement vouchers may be exchanged for tickets up until 9:30 a.m.

After 9:30 a.m., any unclaimed tickets will be given to guests on a first come, first served basis at the Dunn Center. Please inform your guests that they should arrive at the Hartness Center before 9:30 a.m. to exchange their vouchers for tickets. Anyone arriving after 9:30 a.m. will not be guaranteed a Dunn Center ticket regardless if they have a voucher. Guests will not be allowed to enter the Dunn Center without a Dunn Center ticket obtained from the Hartness Center. Commencement vouchers will not be accepted for entrance.

Dunn Center doors will open at 9:00 a.m. All guests should be seated by 9:45 a.m. The doors to the Dunn Center will be locked at 10:15 a.m. after the ceremony has begun. Any guests arriving after 10:15 a.m. will not be admitted into the Dunn Center. Please be sure your guests understand that they must arrive on time. Doors will remain locked during the ceremony; therefore, anyone who leaves the building will not be able to re-enter until the program is over.

Admission of Children

Children age five and under may enter without a Dunn Center Ticket; however, they must sit in someone's lap. Children age six and over must have a Dunn Center Ticket. As a courtesy to others, please be mindful of the noise level your child/children may create. If the child/children create a disturbance, please escort them to the lobby.

Handicapped Seating

If you have guests who require handicapped seating, please contact Christina Pisarik at (252) 985-5140 no later than November 21, 2014. There will be no early admittance of handicapped persons who have not contacted Mrs. Pisarik in advance.

Please note:  There is no waiting area prior to the opening of the doors at 9:00 a.m.  Handicapped seating is limited and you must reserve it in advance.  Without advance arrangements, a handicapped guest may have to sit in a regular seat if no handicapped seating is available.

Handicapped parking is available in marked spaces on the north and south sides of the Dunn Center.

Information for the Graduate

Academic Regalia

The academic regalia consists of cap, gown, hood, tassel, and black shoes. The cap is an essential part of the academic attire for commencement. In particular, the cap should not be removed at any point during the conferring of degrees. Cap and gown may be picked up at the Graduation Fair for your respective sites.

Assembly of Degree Candidates

Degree candidates MUST report to the Carlton Boardroom between 8:30  - 9:00 a.m. on Saturday,December 13, 2014. The Carlton Boardroom is located in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at the south entrance of the building. Please note that only graduates will be allowed to enter at this entrance. Honor cords will be given out at this time. The College Registrar will instruct degree candidates on how to proceed during the ceremony. There is no Commencement rehearsal.

Special Note: Graduation is a joyous and special occasion; however, you are reminded that Commencement is a formal College function. You are requested to maintain the order and solemnity of the proceedings. It is a courtesy we owe to each other and to our guests.


Everyone who crosses the stage will receive a diploma cover; however, for those officially graduating, your diploma will be available for you to pick up after the ceremony back at the registration table outside the Carlton Board Room.  Please note that this station will only be open for 1 hour following the ceremony and each student must pick up his/her own diploma(s) in person. 

If you have earned academic honors, they will be printed on your diploma. Academic Honors are estimated at the beginning of the semester based on past academic performance. If this estimate is incorrect, no diploma will be distributed to you and your diploma will be reordered at no cost to you.

All financial obligations to the College must be cleared in order to receive your diploma at the commencement exercises. If not, your diploma will be mailed to you once your financial obligations are satisfied. Please be sure that the Registrar and Student Accounts/Business Office has your correct mailing address.


A professional photographer from Grad Images Photography will photograph each graduate as he/she walks across the stage during Commencement. The pictures will be available to purchase through Grad Images. The contact for Grad Images is or 1-800-261-2576. Grad Images is independent of the College and all questions regarding photographs should be directed to them.

Commencement Weekend Events

Senior Celebration Reception

The Senior Celebration will be held Friday, December 12, 2014 in the Garner Lobby of the Dunn Center. This event is sponsored by the Alumni Association.

More details about the reception will be provided shortly.  If you should have any questions or concerns, you may contact Kelsey Short at

Additional Information

For additional information / questions pertinent to Commencement, you may contact the following offices:

(252) 985-5104

(252) 985- 5140

(252) 985-5175

(252) 985-5130

ROCKY MOUNT (252) 985-5137
TRIANGLE (919) 465-4777
GOLDSBORO (919) 736-2312

(252) 985-5286