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NC State To Hold Commencement Ceremony Dec. 17

NC State graduate throws up the wolfie sign at commencement.

North Carolina State University will confer degrees on 3,500 graduating students during its fall commencement ceremony, beginning at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17, in PNC Arena. Media coverage is invited. Credentialed media should contact Mary Cole Pike with any questions.

During the ceremony, NC State will confer more than 3,600 degrees — 2,043 bachelor’s, 1,196 master’s, 356 doctoral and 58 associate degrees. More than 1,000 of the students will graduate with honors, and many will graduate with more than one degree. The graduating class includes 125 University Scholars, 58 University Honors students, 18 Goodnight Scholars, nine Park Scholars and seven Caldwell Fellows. 

This year’s graduates hail from 56 countries and 37 states. There are 654 international students, 441 first-generation students, 85 student-veterans and 56 student-athletes graduating on Saturday.

Three-time NC State alumna Chavonda Jacobs-Young, chief scientist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, will deliver the commencement address. Jacobs-Young is the first Black woman in the United States to earn a doctoral degree in wood and paper science and is also the USDA’s under secretary for research, education and economics. Maab Aldulimy, a first-generation student and Goodnight Scholar, will be graduating with a bachelor of science in biochemistry and will also address graduates.

The commencement ceremony will be livestreamed. Additional event information is available online at