Undergraduate Rain Plan

If thunderstorms or heavy rain should occur on the day of undergraduate commencement, a decision will be made no later than 8 a.m. on Saturday as to whether the ceremony should move indoors. This decision will be broadcast onsite, on UNCP’s Emergency Information Hotline (910.521.6888), on social media, and on the university’s homepage at uncp.edu.

Should Commencement move indoors, four abbreviated graduation ceremonies will occur at the Givens Performing Arts Center (GPAC) as follows:

9 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences graduates receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree. This includes graduates with the following degrees: American Indian Studies; Art; Criminal Justice; English; History; Philosophy and Religion; Political Science; Social Studies Education; Sociology; Spanish; Theater

10:30 a.m. – College of Arts and Sciences graduates receiving Bachelor of Arts in Music, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Science in Biology. This includes graduates with the following degrees: Music; Music Industry; Music Education; Biology. College of Health Sciences graduates receiving a Bachelor of Social Work degree. School of Education graduates receiving Bachelor of Science degrees. This includes graduates with the following degrees: Elementary Education; Special Education.

12 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. This includes graduates with the following degrees: Applied Physics; Biotechnology; Chemistry; Computer Science; Environmental Science; Geo-Environmental Studies; Information Technology; Mass Communication; Mathematics; Math Education; Psychology; Science Education. College of Health Sciences graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

1:30 p.m. – College of Health Sciences graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. This includes graduates with the following degrees: Athletic Training; Exercise Science; Health and Physical Education. School of Business graduates receiving a Bachelor of Science degree. This includes graduates with the following degrees: Accounting; Business Administration. Bachelor of Interdisciplinary Studies Program.

Receptions will be held in the University Center Annex immediately following each ceremony.

Graduates waiting for their college or school’s graduation ceremony should assemble in the main gym of the Jones Athletic Center 45 minutes before their ceremony is scheduled to begin. Family and friends attending the 9 a.m. commencement will go directly to GPAC. All others may wait in the main gym or the University Center until the appointed time of their ceremony.

In lieu of a processional, faculty will sit in their designated area in GPAC prior to the start of Commencement.

Should you have any questions about the rain plan described above, please contact Leslie Bell or Scott Billingsley in the Provost’s Office at 910.521.6224.