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Undergraduate Ceremony

The ceremony for undergraduate students will be held Saturday, May7, 2016, at 9 a.m. in the Quad between Old Main and Livermore Library.

Approximately 581 undergraduate students are expected to graduate. Keynote speaker is UNCP graduate Dr. Sally McRorie. Dr. McRorie currently serves as the Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University.  

Parking is available on the south side of campus near the railroad tracks (across the tracks from the Livermore Library, Old Main, Oxendine Science Building and the Chancellor's Residence), accessible from HWY 711/Third Street. Additional parking is available north of Jacobs and Wellons Halls near the James B. Chavis University Center, accessible from Odum Street/Prospect Road. Handicapped accessible parking is available in the lots directly in front of Livermore Library, Old Main and Oxendine Science Building, accessible via University Road.

Please arrive early. Entrances open at 7:30 a.m. Entrances will be available on the north and south sides of the Quad. All guests should be seated no later than 8:45 a.m.

The UNCP Bookstore will be open between the hours of 8 a.m. and 2 p.m., and the Spirit Shop will be open in front of the D.F. Lowry Building from 7:30 a.m. to noon.

GRAD IMAGES will take a photo of each graduate during the ceremony. Information will be mailed after Commencement.

Dress for warm weather. Restrooms are available in the rear of Old Main and the front of Moore Hall and Locklear Hall. If you wish to use an umbrella to protect yourself from the sun or rain, please stand behind the seated area to not obstruct the view of others.

Overflow, indoor seating will be available in the University Center lounge.

For more information about the undergraduate Commencement, contact the Office of the Registrar at 910.521.6298 or

Schedule of Events

Undergraduates students are to meet in the auxiliary gym of the Jones Athletic Center by 7:30 a.m.

Faculty and administrators are to robe and line-up in the D.F. Lowry Building (entrance west of Starbucks) by 8 a.m.

Trustees, Executive Staff, and the Platform Party, including deans, are to line-up in the Chancellor's Dining Room in the University Center by 8 a.m.

7:30 a.m. Entrances open for family and guests
8:55 a.m. Entrance closes; Prelude by University Band
9:00 a.m. Processional of graduates, faculty, and platform party
  Commencement Speaker:  Dr. Sally McRorie ('76) - Provost and Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs at Florida State University

Reception will immediately follow the ceremony:

  • College of Arts and Sciences: Hickory Hall lawn (by Student Health Services)
  • School of Business: Business Administration Lawn
  • School of Education: Education Center Lawn


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