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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony Dec. 18

North Carolina State University will confer more than 3,700 degrees on graduating students during its fall commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 3,746 degrees – 62 associate’s, 2,215 bachelor’s, 1,150 master’s and 319 doctoral degrees. Thirty valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State.

NC State has awarded 8,829 degrees this year, including 5,083 conferred in May.

Woodson will deliver the commencement address. He will also confer honorary degrees on behalf of NC State to Tony Badger, a Cambridge University professor, author and expert on post-World War II political history in the American South, and Hayden White, a literary critic and historical theorist whose name appears on a landmark California Supreme Court case as well as his many books.

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.

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