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NC State to Hold Commencement Ceremony May 11

A graduating student takes a cell phone picture during commencement.

For Immediate Release

North Carolina State University will confer degrees on more than 6,100 graduating students during its spring commencement exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 11, at the PNC Arena in Raleigh. Media coverage is invited.

During the ceremony, Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 6,125 degrees – 96 associate’s, 4,018 bachelor’s, 1,692 master’s, and 319 doctoral degrees, including 99 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. With the 3,449 degrees conferred last December, NC State will award a total of 9,574 degrees in the 2018-19 academic year. 

Virginia M. (Ginni) Rometty, IBM chairman, president and chief executive officer, will deliver the commencement address. During the ceremony, Woodson will confer honorary degrees on Rometty and on Craig Dykers, a founding partner of Snøhetta, an international architecture, landscape and design company.

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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