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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony May 7

Media Advisory

North Carolina State University will confer degrees on nearly 5,600 graduating students during its spring commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 5,598 degrees – 64 associate’s, 3,779 bachelor’s, 1,467 master’s, 190 doctoral and 98 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. A total of 162 valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State. With the 3,476 degrees conferred last December, NC State will award a total of 9,074 degrees in the 2015-16 academic year.

Admiral Michelle Howard will deliver the commencement address. During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer honorary degrees on Howard; anthropologist Jean Schensul, founding director and senior scientist with the Institute for Community Research; and Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

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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