Meredith College 2022 Commencement Update

Meredith College is delighted to announce that we will be holding in-person Commencement ceremonies this spring.

The Class of 2022 celebrations will be held Saturday, May 14, with two sessions – one early in the  morning and another later in the morning.

These commencement celebrations will be held in the courtyard area between Belk Dining Hall and Johnson Hall.

The College is also providing a Live Stream to allow for additional participation.

It is likely that there will be a limited number of tickets for guests, but the policies regarding guests will be based on the status of COVID-19. More information on guest policies should be expected in the spring semester.

Commencement FAQs

All Commencement Ceremonies, including Hooding Ceremonies for graduate programs, will be held in the courtyard behind Johnson Hall. Visit meredith.edu/commencement for a full schedule.

While some elements are different this year, Meredith College wants to provide your class with as many commencement traditions as possible. To help you know what to expect, detailed messages were sent to all graduates who have registered to participate in one of our ceremonies.

Saturday, May 15 at 8:30 a.m.

Saturday, May 15 at 11 a.m.

Sunday, May 16 at 8:30 a.m.

Sunday, May 16 at 11 a.m

COVID-19 Entrance Testing is not required for Commencement participants. Members of the Class of 2021 and their guests only need to complete self-screening through Campus Clear.

Graduates are able to submit a request for one additional ticket. Please use this request form for 2020 graduates and this request form for 2021 graduates. You may also reach out to classmates and see if anyone has an extra guest ticket that they are not using. You will need to attend the same ceremony as the classmate who is giving you their extra ticket(s). Your classmate would register your guest as their own guest in SignUp Genius. Requests for additional tickets may not be able to be accommodated.

Yes, anyone who attends a ceremony counts as a guest, regardless of age.This guideline will help Meredith College comply with pandemic event capacity rules.

All guests will receive an email from Meredith Events with a link to a Google Form they must complete. The bottom of the form has questions where guests can request accessibility accommodations.

Parking information will be included in the email guests receive from Meredith Events.

Graduate programs have shared instructions on how graduates should carry their hoods to the Hooding Ceremony. Please note, when you attend one of the Commencement Ceremonies, you should arrive wearing your hood, since hooding ceremonies are being held separately.

In order to make our Commencement ceremonies available to a larger audience, these events will be available for online viewing at youtube.com/MeredithCollegeLive.

All of Meredith’s Commencement Ceremonies and the Hooding Ceremonies for graduates are planned to be held outdoors in the Courtyard behind Johnson Hall. 

In case of inclement weather, members of the graduating classes will be directed to Jones Auditorium. Because of capacity limitations, guests will be directed to alternate viewing locations around campus to watch the event via live stream


Emails with specific instructions in the event of inclement weather will be sent to the emails used to register to attend as soon as possible. Announcements will also be posted online at meredith.edu/commencement and on meredith.edu.

Class of 2020: To use the hotline for your class, dial (919) 760-2020 and leave a message stating the correct pronunciation of your first, middle, and last names. Please make sure to speak slowly and clearly, and leave a call back number for verification and questions. The name pronunciation hotline will be open until noon on Friday, April 30. 

Class of 2021: To use the hotline for your class, dial (919) 760-2021 and leave a message stating the correct pronunciation of your first, middle, and last names. Please make sure to speak slowly and clearly, and leave a call back number for verification and questions. The name pronunciation hotline will be open until noon on Friday, May 14.

Meredith College plans to hold Class Day exercises for the Class of 2020 and the Class of  2021. All Class Day ceremonies will be socially distanced, with limited attendance, and wearing face coverings will be required.  

Class of 2020
Meredith will hold a Class Day ceremony for the Class of 2020 in the McIver Amphitheatre immediately following each Commencement ceremony on Saturday, May 1 and Sunday, May 2. Each Class Day program will last approximately 15-20 minutes. The program will include class history, a tribute to the class, songs, and performances by the 2022 and 2020 Bathtub Rings. Class of 2020 members will be seated and socially distanced in the Amphitheatre. Participants are asked to check in with a marshal upon arrival to the Amphitheatre. Only members of the Class of 2020 and their Little Sister Class of 2022 will be able to sit in the Amphitheatre, in keeping with COVID-19 capacity guidelines.

Attire for the Class of 2020 and Class of 2022
Because the Class Day event for the Class of 2020 takes place immediately after their Commencement ceremonies, these class members are not required to wear white.

Class of 2020 members can wear their caps and gowns or other attire. Members of the Class of 2022 and individuals on the program will be dressed in the traditional white attire. Face coverings are required.

Class of 2021
Class Day will be held on Friday, May 14, 2021,  between 4-7 p.m. The College will hold multiple ceremonies during this time period, which will be announced when confirmed.  Each ceremony will last about 30 minutes. Attendance is limited in keeping with COVID-19 capacity guidelines.

Download the 2021 Class Day Program.

Attire for the Class of 2021 and Class of 2023
Participants in the Classes of 2021 and 2023 are asked to wear white attire and neutral/white shoes. Face coverings are required. Please consider wearing a white, neutral or Meredith face covering to this event.

Kelsey McCleave, '20

As a nontraditional male student, Kelsey McCleave, ’20, was afraid he’d feel out of place in the pre-health, post-baccalaurate program. Instead, he found a welcoming community that prepared him to successfully apply to a physician assistant school.

As someone who loves a challenge, Taylor Keyes, ’19, finds her work as a lab research technician for Duke Health to be both purposeful and fulfilling. Meredith helped Taylor connect her strengths in problem-solving to a career in vaccine research.

Elizabeth Anglis

At Meredith, Elizabeth Anglis, ’21, M.A. in psychology, learned the importance of investing in human capital and how to practice critical thinking while keeping people at the forefront.