Pack Rising

This week, the Pack grows stronger with the graduation of nearly 5,600 of its members.

NC State’s annual spring commencement ceremony will take place at PNC Arena on Saturday, May 7, when Chancellor Randy Woodson will confer 64 associate’s, 3,779 bachelor’s, 1,467 master’s, 190 doctoral and 98 Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degrees. Those 5,598 new graduates will swell the total number for the academic year to 9,074. During the ceremony, a total of 162 valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers at NC State.

But raw numbers can’t do justice to the drive, dedication and Think and Do spirit of those graduating this week. Below, you’ll meet some of the faces of this summer’s commencement, drawn from across our campus. They came here from diverse backgrounds, experienced everything NC State had to offer — and now rise together as one Wolfpack.

Meet #NCState16

Olympic trialist and engineering grad Jonathan Addison in full flight.

Engineering an Olympic Dream

One of the country's top long jumpers, Jonathan Addison, graduates from NC State with a degree in industrial engineering.

NC State fifth-year architect and Caldwell Fellow Joceyln Barahona.

Building a Future

Scholarship support and a Caldwell Fellowship have helped Jocelyn Barahona pursue her passion for architecture and infrastructure.

A portrait of Adam Barksdale, graduate in textile engineering from NC State.

Fast-Lane Future

The four internships Adam Barksdale undertook while studying textile engineering helped land him a position with Nissan.

Galactic Ambitions

Math and physics double-major Mia de los Reyes earned Park, Astronaut, Goldwater and Churchill scholarships at NC State.

NC State graduate, Raleigh native and bat biologist Sam Freeze.

Call of the Wild

Private support at NC State has enabled Sam Freeze to turn his love for wildlife into a career as a conservationist and bat biologist.

Todd Fuller during his playing career as a basketball legend at NC State.

Hoops Hero Returns

Todd Fuller, former Wolfpack basketball star and first-round NBA draft pick, picks up his second degree: a master's in analytics.

NC State graduate and linguistics enthusiast Jessica Hatcher.

Speaking Her Language

Research awards and scholarships — including a Fulbright — fostered Jessica Hatcher's love for linguistics and dialects.

Fitts Scholar and engineering graduate Elle Howe.

Driven to Succeed

Elle Howe starts at BMW after graduation and credits the Fitts Scholarship in the College of Engineering for getting her there.

NC State architecture grad Dylan Impink at the College of Design.

Design and Wanderlust

Dylan Impink, 2016 Linda and Turan Duda Traveling Fellow, will head to Mexico City after graduation to document its architecture.

NC State graduate Maya Krishnan pictured at the United Nations.

Making Connections for Change

International studies and business administration double-major Maya Krishnan earned a WomenNC Fellowship while at NC State.

Keon Pettiway, Ph.D. in rhetoric, communication and digital media, stands by the solar sculpture in front of NC State's Hunt Library.

Recreating MLK

Keon Pettiway — Ph.D. in communication, rhetoric and digital media — has been a key member of the pioneering Virtual MLK Project.

A portrait of Brooke Shurer, who earned master's and doctoral degrees in education while at NC State.

Learning Leader

Brooke Shurer came to NC State to work, but earned master's and doctoral degrees in education across a decade of part-time study.

Graduating NC State senior Kyle Virgil in a lab on campus.

A Fulbright Future

Chemistry major Kyle Virgil will study solar energy conservation in Sweden, as one of NC State's five new Fulbright Scholars.

A portrait of Colin White of NC State's College of Natural Resources in his graduation robes.

Finding the Right Environment

Colin White, a College of Natural Resources Ambassador, has turned his internship experiences into a full-time job at Avoca Inc.

CALS graduate Austin Wrenn holds plants in a greenhouse on NC State's campus.

Destination: Down Under

Austin Wrenn — farmer, beekeeper, volunteer firefighter — will grow strawberries in Australian greenhouses after graduation.