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Commencement Brochure


UNC Charlotte

 May 2015 Commencement


Three Commencement ceremonies will be held in Halton Arena in the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center.


FRIDAY, MAY 8, 2015 AT 1:00 P.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
Belk College of Business
College of Computing and Informatics
College of Health and Human Services

(Candidates report to Main Concourse at 12:00 p.m.)


SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 AT 10:00 A.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

(Candidates report to Main Concourse at 9:00 a.m.)


SATURDAY, MAY 9, 2015 AT 3:00 P.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Arts + Architecture
College of Education
The William States Lee College of Engineering

(Candidates report to Main Concourse at 2:00 p.m.)


James H. Barnhardt
Student Activity Center

University of North Carolina
at Charlotte



Tickets are required for the 1:00 p.m. Commencement ceremony to be held on Friday, May 8, 2015 and the 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. Commencement ceremonies to be held on Saturday, May 9, 2015. Candidates for graduation will receive an email with ticket information.


Diplomas will not be distributed at the Commencement ceremony. They will be mailed to graduates in June 2015 to the diploma address provided on the application for degree. Use 49er Express to change the address to which the diploma should be mailed. Doctoral candidates will receive their hood and diploma during the Commencement Ceremony.


  1. Bring Your Student I.D. Card - undergraduate and masters candidates should bring their student I.D. card to check in. (Doctoral candidates will not need to bring their I.D. card or pick up a name card.)
  2. Candidates report to the Main Concourse of the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center. Enter at the South entrance (faces Cone Deck parking). Undergraduate candidates will wear caps and gowns; masters’ candidates are to wear their hoods.  Low heels or flat shoes should be worn, as the march to and from your seat and the stage will include many steps and high heels may present some difficulties.  Students with disabilities should contact DISABILITY SERVICES 704/687-0040 (TTY/V) prior to Commencement to arrange accommodations.
  3. You will be receiving an email a few days before the ceremony that will indicate your  line-up row. In the Main Conccourse, signs will be posted giving directions to the row assigned according to your college and major location. There you will be provided with a card bearing your name. The cards will be distributed by a representative from your college.
  4. Cap tassels are worn on your right.  Masters’ candidates will wear their hoods.  Doctoral candidates will be hooded on the platform. When do you wear your cap? Women do not remove their caps during the exercises; men take their cue from the Chancellor and do as he does.  
  5. Carefully follow the march and seating instructions of the student marshals. During the exercises, candidates will be called by college or graduate school to march to the front of the stage. You must present your name card as you reach the microphone station where your name will be read. You then cross the platform to be congratulated by the Chancellor or your Dean before returning to your seat.
    Doctoral candidates will be recognized first, followed by masters’ candidates, graduate certificate candidates and then undergraduate candidates by college/school, in alphabetical order, and by department in alphabetical order.
  6. After all candidates have returned to their seats, the Chancellor will ask you to stand together while he formally confers all degrees. It is at this time that cap tassels are to be moved to their left side.


If you plan to participate in the ceremony and do not already have your cap and gown, contact the UNC Charlotte Bookstore during regular bookstore hours. If you belong to an honor society, you will need to contact a representative from that organization to purchase honor cords and stoles.


To help ensure that the ceremony is conducted in a dignified manner, family members and others attending are asked to remain in their seats. Aisles must be kept clear, and videography and still photography will not be allowed at the railings or on the arena floor. Only graduates, faculty, authorized staff, and news media will be allowed on the floor before and during the ceremony.

A video will be produced by GradImages, showing segments of the Commencement ceremony and every graduate being congratulated. DVD copies will be available at a cost of $10.00 (plus shipping and handling). Any questions regarding this DVD should be directed to GradImages at 1-800-261-2576.

GradImages will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming Commencement ceremony.  Visit their website,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.  You may enter your email and up to six other emails of family and friends.  Photo samples will be provided to you as soon as they are available after the event.  After graduation, order online at or call 800-261-2576.  When entering the School/Organization name, use:  UNC Charlotte


As you prepare for graduation, don't forget to update your contact information with the Alumni Association. As an alumnus of UNC Charlotte, you are eligible for the many benefits offered through the Alumni Association. To learn more or to update your contact information, please visit UNCC Alumni Association or call (704) 687-7799.


Parking will be provided on the UNC Charlotte campus for everyone attending the Commencement ceremonies. Officers will assist in directing guests to designated parking areas. Families are encouraged to car pool as we are expecting a capacity crowd.

DROP OFF AREA :  There will be a drop-off area in front of the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center building. Once on campus, follow the signs and tell traffic personnel that you wish to use the drop-off area. There will be aides at the drop-off area that will be able to assist individuals with limited mobility. Wheelchair assistance will also be available. 

DISABILITY VALET: There will be a Disability Valet service for individuals with mobility concerns and for those unable to use the Drop Off area. Once on campus, follow the Disability Valet signs and park in the East Deck. A wheelchair accessible tram will transport individuals with mobility concerns from the East Deck to the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center. The tram pick up location will be the bus stop at the front of the East Deck. After commencement is over, the tram will then return individuals back to the East Deck. The tram pick up location for returning to the East Deck is the North East corner of the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center. Seating on the tram is limited so those with disabilities will take priority.


If you plan to meet family members or guests before the Commencement ceremony, choose a place other than the main concourse near the food court. This is the line-up area that is reserved for students participating in commencement. Parents or guests are not permitted in this area.


Accessible Seating is available on the entrance level for attendees who use wheelchairs or who are unable to climb stairs, plus one accompanying guest. Seating is limited so early arrival is strongly recommended (at least 1 hour prior).

An ASL interpreter will be present and seating will be available for those who use American Sign Language. FM systems will also be available. Please visit a commencement representative upon arrival for more information.

Seating for individuals with low vision is also available .                                                                                                 

Please contact the Office of Disability Services if you have any additional questions regarding accessibility: 704-687-0040.


Graduating students should come in through the main concourse entrance. Staff members will assist you to your place in the procession line up. Graduating students form four lines by department and are led into Halton Arena by the Commencement marshals.

Arrange for a meeting place after the ceremony. Remember, you may not know where your guests are seated or where they parked, so designate a place to meet.


Detailed information about Commencement is available online at

Commencement at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015

Belk College of Business

Accounting Management Information Systems
Business Administration Marketing
Economics Mathematical Finance
Finance Operations and Supply Chain Management
International Business Real Estate Finance and Development

College of Computing and Informatics

Computer Science
Computing and Information Systems
Health Informatics
Information Technology
Software and Information Systems

College of Health and Human Services

Athletic Training Neurodiagnostics & Sleep Science
Clinical Exercise Physiology Nurse Anesthesia
Exercise Science Nursing
Health Administration Nursing Systems and Populations
Health Fitness Public Health
Health Services Research Respiratory Therapy
Kinesiology Social Work

Commencement at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015

College of Liberal Arts And Sciences

Africana Studies German Organizational Science
Anthropology Gerontology Optical Science and Engineering
Applied Mathematics Health Psychology Philosophy
Applied Physics History Physics
Biology International Studies Political Science
Chemistry Japanese Psychology Clinical and Community
Communication Studies Latin American Studies Psychology
Criminal Justice Liberal Studies Public Administration
Earth Sciences Mathematics Public Policy
Mathematics for Business
Religious Studies
Ethics and Applied Philosophy Mathematics and Statistics Sociology
French Mathematics Education Spanish
Geography Meteorology Spanish Education

Commencement at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 9, 2015

College of Arts and Architecture

Art Education
Art Administration
Art History
Dance Education
Music Education
Music Performance
Theatre Education

College of Education

Child and Family Development Foreign Language Education
Child and Family Studies Instructional Systems Technology
Counseling Middle Grades Education
Curriculum and Instruction Reading Education
Curriculum and Supervision School Administration
Early Childhood Education Secondary Education
Educational Administration Special Education
Educational Leadership Teacher Education
Elementary Education Teaching English as a Second Language

The William States Lee College of Engineering

Engineering, General Engineering Management
Civil Engineering Engineering Technology
Civil Engineering Technology Fire Safety Engineering Technology
Construction Management Fire Protection & Administration
 Construction & Facilities Management Infrastructure and Environmental Systems
 Computer Engineering Mechanical Engineering
Electrical Engineering Mechanical Engineering Technology
Electrical Engineering Technology Systems Engineering

Important Announcement

May 2015 Graduation Applicants-- Be sure to bring your student ID to check-in on Commencement Day.

Important Announcements

Be sure to bring your student ID to check-in on Commencement Day.


The ceremonies will be streamed live on the Internet at:

  • The Friday afternoon ceremony broadcast will begin at 1 p.m.
  • The Saturday morning ceremony broadcast will begin at 10 a.m.
  • The Saturday afternoon ceremony broadcast will begin at 3 p.m.