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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony Dec. 15

North Carolina State University will confer more than 3,500 degrees on graduating students during its fall commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 15, in the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 3,550 degrees – 66 associate’s, 2,174 bachelor’s, 1,013 master’s and 297 doctoral degrees. Twenty-five valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State.

NC State alumnus Doc Hendley, founder and president of the clean water nonprofit Wine to Water, will deliver the commencement address. Woodson will confer an honorary degree on behalf of NC State to James H. Woodward, former chancellor at NC State and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

NC State officials do not expect major traffic congestion, but advise attendees to be in their seats by 8:15 a.m. NC State’s Amalgam Brass Ensemble will begin playing at 8:30 a.m., and graduates will march onto the arena floor at 9 a.m. More commencement information is available online at

Note to editors: Media seating will be provided near the front of the stage on the left-hand side. NC State News Services personnel will be available to assist reporters.


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