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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony May 11

North Carolina State University will confer degrees on more than 5,200 graduating students during its spring commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, in the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 5,255 degrees – 80 associate’s, 3,528 bachelor’s, 1,384 master’s, 191 doctoral and 72 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. A total of 157 valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State. With the 3,428 degrees conferred last December, NC State will award a total of 8,683 degrees in the 2012-13 academic year.

NC State alumnus Philip G. Freelon, award-winning architect and lead designer for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C., will deliver the commencement address. Woodson will confer honorary degrees on behalf of NC State to Indra K. Nooyi, chairman and CEO of PepsiCo, and Michael Wingfield, an internationally recognized expert on tree health.

NC State officials do not expect major traffic congestion, but they 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.

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