Information for Graduates


Participation in the May 2014 Commencement ceremony is open to students who are completing degree requirements in May 2014 or who completed degree requirements in August 2013 or December 2013. Students who will complete requirements for the degree by August 2014 are eligible to petition to participate in the May 2014 Commencement ceremony. Information about eligibility and the request to petition are available through the Office of the Registrar.

Graduation Events

Friday, May 2, 2014
Class Day
4 p.m. - McIver Ampitheater

The Class Day Picnic will immediately follow the ceremony in the Belk Courtyard. To order tickets, return the Class Day Picnic Ticket Order Form by April 23, 2014.

Saturday, May 3, 2014
Baccalaureate Worship Service — Speaker: Nancy Hastings Sehested,co-pastor of the Circle of Mercy Congregation, Asheville, N.C.
11 a.m. - Jones Auditorium

Members of the Class of 2014 will participate in their academic regalia and should arrive no later than 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014. A special invitation is extended to families and guests, faculty, and staff to join graduates for this service.

Reception for Graduates and Families
4-5 p.m. -  Johnson Hall Rotunda

Graduates and their families are invited to celebrate with the campus community prior to the commencement ceremony. Light refreshments will be served.

Commencement — Speaker: Susan Mboya, Coca-Cola executive and Zawadi Africa Educational Fund founder
7 p.m. - J.S. Dorton Arena, N.C. State Fairgrounds

Doors to J.S. Dorton Arena will open for families and guests of graduates at 5:30 p.m. Tickets are not necessary for the ceremony.

Graduates should arrive at Dorton Arena no later than 6 p.m. on Saturday, May 3, 2014. Graduates are asked to visit the North Lobby to check in. Line-up will occur on the lower level of Dorton Arena. 

Accessible Seating and Parking

At Dorton Arena accessible seating is available on the arena floor behind the graduates and faculty.  Requests for accessible seating accommodations for your guests may be submitted online here.  An email confirmation will be sent to you on Friday with details of the accommodation arrangements for you to share with your guests.

A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available to guests with a government issued accessible parking placard. Guests needing assistance may also be dropped off using the west entrance (between the Arena and the Jim Graham building).

Live Streaming

In an effort to make this event accessible to all, the College is piloting an opportunity to watch the ceremony live on YouTube. To watch the ceremony, which will be held on Saturday, May 3 beginning at 7 p.m., visit

Attire for Commencement

Commencement is a formal occasion. It is recommended that women wear a dress or skirt, shorter than the gown, or wear black dress pants. It is recommended that men wear black dress pants. Comfortable, black dress shoes should be worn by both women and men. Personal possessions (such as purses) should be left with a family member.

Caps and Gowns

Caps and gowns will be available for purchase in the Bookstore beginning in February until Commencement weekend. Should you have questions about caps and gowns, contact the bookstore at (919) 760-8454.

Undergraduate students wear a maroon gown and maroon mortarboard. The tassel worn pertains to the academic degree being received: black tassel, Bachelor of Arts; pink tassel, Bachelor of Music; gold tassel, Bachelor of Science; white tassel, Bachelor of Social Work. Undergraduate students in regalia wear the tassel on the right side of the mortarboard. During the commencement ceremony the student will change the tassel to the left side, signifying they have earned the degree.

Graduate Students wear a black gown, black mortarboard, black tassel and a hood. Hoods reflect the color of the academic discipline: drab, Business; light blue, Education; gold, Nutrition. Graduate students in regalia wear the tassel on the left side of the mortarboard as they have already graduated (earned the undergraduate degree). They do not change the tassel during the commencement ceremony. For the ceremony, graduate students are asked to take their hood in their hand and give it to the appropriate dean who will hood the graduate as the individual crosses the stage.

Account Balances

All unpaid balances on accounts for members of the Class of 2014 must be settled with the accounting office no later than 5 p.m., Tuesday, April 15, 2014. Failure to do so will delay graduates in receiving diplomas and the processing of transcripts.  Graduates who need to pay after that date will need to pay by cash or cashier's check to guarantee clearance for graduation.

Announcements and Invitations for Graduation

Announcements can be ordered online at by searching under Meredith College.

Invitations can be purchased from the bookstore beginning the second week of April.


Photo Specialties, located in Chapel Hill, N.C., will be the professional photographers for Commencement. A photo will be taken of each graduate as the president presents diplomas. A proof will be mailed to each participating graduate. However, there is no obligation to purchase photos. After Commencement, questions should be addressed directly to Photo Specialties at (919) 967-9576.

DVD Purchase

Commencement DVDs will be available through Meredith’s Media Services Department. To order your DVD please complete this form. For questions concerning purchase, please call Media Services at (919) 760-2346.

Graduation Videos
Strong Stories

Contact Information:

Office of the Provost
Phone: (919) 760-8117