NC State celebrated the graduates of 2011 during its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday morning at the RBC Center.
James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy – one of the largest utility providers in the nation – delivered the commencement address to a sea of red robes. Chancellor Randy Woodson conferred honorary degrees on behalf of NC State to Rogers and Robert Weiss – artistic director and CEO of Carolina Ballet. Kimberly Spence, a Park Scholar who graduated with a degree in biological sciences-human biology, delivered the student commencement speech.
NC State awarded 85 associate’s, 3,394 bachelor’s, 1,255 master’s, 170 doctoral and 77 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees to eager NC State graduates. When combined with the 3,041 degrees awarded in the fall, 2011 became the largest graduating class in history for the state’s largest university.
During the commencement ceremony, 135 valedictorians were recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers.