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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony Dec. 18

Media Advisory

North Carolina State University will confer degrees on nearly 3,600 graduating students during its fall commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Friday, Dec. 18, at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 3,598 degrees – 62 associate’s, 2,130 bachelor’s, 1,070 master’s and 336 doctoral degrees. A total of 34 valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State. With the 5,236 degrees conferred last May, NC State will award a total of 8,834 degrees in the 2015-16 academic year.

Former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan Karl Eikenberry will deliver the commencement address. During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer honorary degrees on Eikenberry, director of Stanford University’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative, and World Food Prize winner Pedro A. Sanchez, an internationally known expert on managing tropical soils for increased food production while conserving the environment.

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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  1. Will tickets be required for the 18th? I will have two (grandparents) coming for John Tu’uta.

    1. Congratulations on your grandson’s graduation! PNC Arena is a big place, so you won’t need tickets to attend. Bring as many family and friends as you’d like to cheer on your graduate at the fall 2016 commencement ceremony on Friday, Dec. 16, 2016. Just be sure to arrive early so you’ll have time to park and get settled. The Amalgam Brass Ensemble begins playing at 8:30 a.m. and the ceremony starts at 9 a.m. Check the graduation page for more details.