Meredith College 2023 Commencement Update

Meredith College will hold in-person commencement ceremonies in spring 2023. 

  • The Class of 2023 celebrations will be held Saturday, May 13, with two sessions – one at 8:30 a.m. and another at 11 a.m.
  • The ceremonies will be held in the courtyard area with Johnson Hall as the backdrop for these celebrations. Graduates may choose with whom they sit.
  • The College will provide a Live Stream to allow for additional participation. 
  • Each graduate will be eligible to receive tickets for guests. The number of tickets will be determined closer to the event.
  • Graduate students are welcome to participate in commencement.
Meredith graduates seated in courtyard for Commencement.

Commencement Registration FAQs

The 2022 Commencement Ceremony will be held in the Courtyard behind Johnson Hall. Hooding Ceremonies for graduate programs will be on various dates and locations on campus.

You may 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 will need to provide you with their physical guest tickets.

Children two (2) years of age and under do not need a ticket, provided they stay in a lap. Strollers are not encouraged as they block aisles. 

Ensure you are using your Meredith student email ( or If your email still isn’t working, contact for assistance.  

Accessibility accommodations can be requested for graduates or graduate guests via this Google Form. Graduates will need to submit the form, regardless of whether the request is for the graduate or one of the graduate’s guests.

If you are attending the 8:30 a.m. ceremony, you should enter through the Hillsborough Street entrance. You may park in Parking Lots 1, 2, 15, 16, 17, and 18. If you are attending the 11 a.m. Ceremony, you should enter campus through the Faircloth Street gate. You may park in Parking Lots 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, and 12. Please see the Meredith College Campus Map for additional guidance.

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

Diplomas will be, or have been, mailed to the address listed on your application for graduation.

While beautiful, the Amphitheater was not selected as the venue for Commencement as the Courtyard behind Johnson Hall is more accessible. 

Students wear all white – dresses, pants, or rompers are all appropriate. Please keep in mind the event will take place on brick, grass, and uneven surfaces and wear appropriate shoes.

Graduates may wear whatever they would like under their robes. Robes must be zipped all the way up, and caps must adhere to the guidelines distributed when they were purchased. Please keep in mind the event will take place on brick, grass, and uneven surfaces and wear appropriate shoes.

Guests should be aware when choosing their attire that the event is outdoors and there will be minimal shade. They should also keep in mind the event will take place on brick, grass, and uneven surfaces and wear appropriate shoes.

Caps, gowns, and graduate degree hoods are available for purchase in the Campus Store until Commencement weekend. Please direct questions to the Campus Store at (919) 760-8545 or

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

Yes. The campus store hours on May 14 are 9:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Academic Regalia

Undergraduate Regalia

Undergraduate students wear maroon gowns and maroon mortarboards.

The tassel worn pertains to the academic degree being received.

  • Bachelor of Arts: black tassel
  • Bachelor of Music: pink tassel
  • Bachelor of Science: gold tassel
  • Bachelor of Social Work: white tassel

Undergraduate students in regalia wear the tassel on the right side of the mortarboard. During the Commencement ceremony the students change the tassel to the left side, signifying they have earned their degrees. 

Undergraduate students may decorate the top of the mortarboard.

Many participants wear international flag patches, which are worn by students, faculty, and staff who have lived, studied, or done research abroad, including international students and faculty. These patches are the only embellishments permitted on the commencement gowns. Graduates may not embroider or otherwise decorate their gowns.

Graduate Regalia

Graduate students wear a black gown, undecorated black mortarboard, black tassel, and a hood.

Hoods, which are given during the Graduate Hooding Ceremony, reflect the color of the academic discipline.

  • Business: drab
  • Education: light blue
  • Nutrition: gold
  • Psychology: gold
  • Criminal Justice: purple

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.

Sophie Lee

Psychology major Sophie Lee, ’22, came to Meredith ready to take on new challenges. Identifying her strengths helped her decide on a career path, which includes pursuing a master’s degree in Industrial/Organizational psychology at Meredith.

Casey Corpening

Class president and environmental sustainability major Casey Corpening, ’22, is a Meredith College and NC Teaching Fellow. After graduation, Casey is applying her strengths to the classroom as a middle school teacher in the Wake County Public School System.