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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 12, 2015

Time and Place

Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, December 12, 2015 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 Tickets

Each graduate may request up to 3 tickets for the reserved seating of their guests. Ticket  may be picked up at Graduation Fairs.

Please note, there will be standby seating in Powers Auditorium where webcasting will be projected.   

Admission of Guests

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 20, 2015. 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 12, 2015. 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.


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