Commencement Information

Degree candidates (graduates) should report to the Garner Lobby by 8:45 a.m. on Saturday, April 28th. 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.

Graduation Applications and Surveys

All graduation applications and surveys can now be found on My.NCWC.EDU


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 the Garner Lobby upon your exit from the ceremony.  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 28, 2018 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.

Commencement General Admission Tickets

Each graduate that is participating in the ceremony will receive their allotted general admission tickets for the reserved seating of their guests, which is determined by the number of graduates participating.  If any extra tickets become available, you will be contacted via your NWCW email.  The College is not responsible for lost or misplaced tickets, and replacement tickets will not be available.

Admission of Guests

Guests will not be allowed to enter the Minges Auditorium without a general admission ticket.   All guests are to come in the South entrance of the Dunn Center – these doors will open at 9 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, including guests with tickets 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 on a first come/first served basis. Overflow seating is in the Everett Gym/Taylor Center.  Please advise your guests to park near that location, not in the Dunn Center Parking Lot. 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 six and under do not require a Dunn Center Ticket; however, they must sit on someone’s lap. Children seven 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/Special Seating

If you have guests that require handicapped seating, please contact Ruby Parker at (252) 985-5250 no later than April 7, 2018.  There will be no early admittance of handicapped persons that have not contacted Ms. Parker in advance.  Please note there is no waiting area prior to the opening of the doors at 9 a.m.  There is handicapped parking available on the north and south sides of the Dunn Center. Please note that there is limited handicapped seating; therefore, if previous arrangements have not been made with Ms. Parker prior to the event,  handicapped seating may not 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
Triangle Dr. Michael Ammons 919-465-4782
Goldsboro Laura Estes Brown 910-988-9270
Wilmington Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Brunswick Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Whiteville Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Greenville Katie Farrell   910-338-3194
Manteo Joy Smallwood 252-525-4236
Washington Joy Smallwood 252-525-4236
New Bern Joy Smallwood 252-525-4236