Commencement Information

Assembly of Degree Candidate

Degree candidates (graduates) should report to the Garner Lobby by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 29th. The Garner Lobby is located in the Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at the front of the building. Please note that only graduates will be allowed to enter at this entrance. Honor
cords will be given out at this time. The College Registrar will instruct degree candidates on how to proceed during the ceremony. There is no Commencement rehearsal.
SPECIAL NOTE: Graduation is a joyous and special occasion. It is a time for celebration and merriment. You are reminded, however, that Commencement is a formal College function. You are requested to maintain the order and solemnity of the proceedings. It is a courtesy we owe to each other and to our guests.


Academic Regalia

The academic regalia consists of cap, gown, tassel, and black shoes. The cap is an essential part of the academic costume. In particular, the cap should not be removed at any point during the conferring of degrees. Cap and gown may be picked up at the Graduation Fair for your respective sites.



Everyone who crosses the stage will receive a diploma cover; however, for those officially graduating, your diploma will be available for you to pick up after the ceremony back at the registration table in Garner Lobby, where the students registered upon arrival. Students may receive their diplomas as long as there is no outstanding balance on their account. Please note that this station will only be open for 1 hour following the ceremony and each student must pick up their own diploma(s) in person.  All financial obligations to the College must be cleared in order to receive your diploma at the commencement exercises. If not, your diploma will be mailed to you once your financial obligations are satisfied. Please be sure that the Registrar and Student Accounts/Business Office has your correct mailing address.



A professional photographer from Grad Images Photography will photograph each graduate as he/she walks across the stage during Commencement.  The pictures will be available to purchase through Grad Images.  The contact for Grad Images is or 1-800-261-2576Grad Images is independent of the College and all questions regarding photographs should be directed to them.


Time and Place

Commencement Exercises will be held on Saturday, April 29, 2017 beginning at 10:00 a.m. in Minges Auditorium located in the Dunn Center of the Performing Arts. Guests must be seated by 9:30 a.m. before the procession of the graduates. Graduates, please note that you should be assembled in the Garner Lobby of the Dunn Center by 8:45 a.m. More information is provided in the Assembly of Degree Candidates section. The Baccalaureate Service will be held in the beginning of the Commencement ceremony this year.

Commencement General Admission Tickets

Each graduate that is participating in the ceremony will be given three (3) general admission tickets for the reserved seating of their guests in the Minges Auditorium. Tickets will be available for pick up starting Monday, April 3rd – Monday, April 17th. All traditional students on the main campus in Rocky Mount – pick up is in the Provost’s Office, Braswell 136. All ASPIRE students will pick up their tickets at their prospective sites, please contact them for times. Tickets that are not picked up will be put back. Starting on April 19th you can make a request to the Provost’s office ( to request possible additional reserved seating guest tickets (if available.) The limited number of extra tickets can be picked up between April 19th – 28th on a first come/first serve basis on the main campus in the Provost’s Office, Braswell 136. The College is not responsible for lost or misplaced tickets. Replacement tickets will not be available. Overflow seating will be available on a first come/first serve basis. The College will be webcasting graduation for family and friends who are unable to attend the event. The link to the webcast will be available on the front page of the College website: on the day of Commencement.
Webcasting will begin at 9:45 a.m. prior to the beginning of the ceremony.

Admission of Guests

Guests will not be allowed to enter the Minges Auditorium without a General Admission Ticket. All guests are to come in either the North or South entrances of the Dunn Center – these doors will open at 8:45 a.m. All guests should be seated by 9:30 a.m. The doors to the Dunn Center will be locked at 9:45 a.m. Any guests arriving after 9:45 a.m. will be admitted to overflow seating as available until 10:15 a.m. Please be sure your guests understand that they must arrive on time. Doors will remain locked during the ceremony; therefore guests should not leave the building as they may not be able to re-enter upon exiting.

Overflow seating/Webcasting

Overflow seating will be available in Powers Auditorium for your guest without a general admission ticket. Overflow seating entrance is on the south side of the Dunn Center. The College will be webcasting graduation for family and friends who are unable to attend the event. The link to the webcast will be available on the front page of the College website: on the day of Commencement.  Webcasting will begin at 9:45 a.m. prior to the beginning of the ceremony.


Admission of Children

Children five and under do not require a Dunn Center Ticket; however, they must sit in someone’s lap. Children six and over require a Dunn Center Ticket.  As a courtesy to others, please be mindful of the noise level that your child/children are creating.  If the child/children are creating a disturbance please escort them to the lobby.


Handicap Seating

If you have guests that require handicapped seating, please contact Susan Autry at (252) 985-5250 no later than April 1st, 2017. There will be no early admittance of handicapped persons that have not contacted Mrs. Autry in advance. Please note there is no waiting area prior to the opening of the doors at 8:45 a.m. There is handicapped parking available on the north and south sides of the Dunn Center. Please note there is limited handicapped seating and if no previous arrangements have been made, guests may have to sit in a regular seat if no handicap seating is available.


Additional Information

For additional information/questions pertinent to Commencement you can contact the following offices:


STUDENT ACCOUNTS                                                     DIPLOMA INQUIRIES


(252) 985-5104                                                              (252) 985- 5286


COLLEGE STORE                                                           REGISTRAR’S OFFICE


(252) 985-5175                                                              (252) 985-5130




Campus Director Email Phone
Rocky Mount Michael Drew 252-985-5263
Durham Dr. Michael Ammons 919-465-4782
Goldsboro Laura Estes 910-988-9270
Wilmington Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Brunswick Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Whiteville Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Greenville Emily Dawson 252-565-4464
Manteo Joy Smallwood 252-525-4236
Washington Joy Smallwood 252-525-4236
New Bern Tina Cliffe 252-772-4044