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Undergraduate Ceremony

The 2015 Spring Commencement will be held Saturday, May 9, 2015, at 9 a.m. in the main gym of the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center.

Approximately 580 undergraduate students are expected to graduate. Keynote speaker is New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore. Moore’s novel “The Other Wes Moore” was the required reading assignment for incoming UNCP freshmen in 2014. Moore is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a Rhodes Scholar who studied international Relations at Oxford University.  

Entrances to the main gym are located on the west and east sides of the Jones Center.

Parking is available on the west side of the Jones Center (via University Road), east of the James. B. Chavis University Center and east of the Dial Humanities Building (both accessible via Prospect/Odum Road). Handicapped parking is available on the west side of the Jones Center. A shuttle service will be available for those not parking in the handicapped parking area.

Please arrive early. Entrances to the main gym open at 7:30 a.m.

Overflow is in the lounge of the James B. Chavis University Center. Live video and audio will be available.

The UNCP Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bookstore merchandise will also be available in the west lobby of the Jones Center in the Shaw-Howington Concessions stand from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your commencement program by the Bookstore the day of Commencement for a one-time 10% discount on a purchase.

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

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 Center by 7:30 a.m.

Faculty and administrators are to robe and line-up in the lobby of Lumbee Hall by 8 a.m.

The executive cabinet and Deans are to line-up in Jones Center room 1167 by 8 a.m.

The platform party and Board of Trustees are to line-up in Jones Center room 1167 by 8 a.m.

  7:30 a.m. Entrance to main gym opens 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. Weston Cook, a member of the faculty in UNCP's History Department and recipient of the 2014 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the University Center Annex, adjacent to the Givens Performing Arts Center.


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