A message to Niner Nation

Dear UNC Charlotte Class of 2020 and Families,

Around the world and here in Niner Nation, the unprecedented disruption and increasing impact of this pandemic are unfolding at a precious time for our University - graduation, final examinations, and major events.  At the same time, we know that our priority remains preserving and protecting the health and safety of our Niner family and continuing to support the ongoing education of our students.

Given the evolving nature of COVID-19 and based on current federal health guidance, UNC Charlotte’s May commencement ceremony will need to be postponed.

We know you are disappointed. We are too. 

We are incredibly proud of you and your academic accomplishments and know what an important milestone graduation is for you, your families, and your faculty members. 

We are working to develop a thoughtful plan to recognize and celebrate your UNC Charlotte accomplishments. The University is considering in-person ceremony options in either August or December, and we expect to finalize these plans by May. Our commencement website and FAQs will also be updated with the latest information. 

Commencement is one of our most cherished traditions, and we remain fully committed to celebrating this important day when we can ensure the health and safety of our graduates and their families. This is an extraordinary situation, and we appreciate your understanding, support, and patience. The enduring spirit of Niner Nation is one of resilience, and we will get through this together.


Philip L. Dubois

Commencement Postponement FAQs


All graduating students will receive an email to their UNC Charlotte email account with detailed ceremony information once a date has been determined. 

When will the University make a decision on the rescheduled ceremony date? 

The University continues to monitor the rapidly evolving Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation and will make decisions about the rescheduled commencement ceremony as soon as possible.  Please monitor your UNC Charlotte email and the commencement website for updates.

When and how will I receive my cap and gown? 

Graduating students will receive information through their UNC Charlotte email account on how to pick up their cap and gown or have it shipped to them. We are currently working on a time frame with the vendor for students to order caps and gowns online.  A link will be provided on the commencement website at a later date.  

May I still receive my cap and gown if I do not participate in commencement?

All graduating students will be eligible to receive a cap and gown.

How many e-tickets will I be able to reserve once e-ticket distribution is rescheduled? 

The number of e-tickets each graduating student may reserve will be determined based on the number of graduates. The number of e-tickets will be available five weeks prior to the scheduled ceremony.

If I am unable to attend the rescheduled ceremony, can I attend a future UNC Charlotte Commencement Ceremony? 

The University is continuing to evaluate the implications of postponing the May 2020 Commencement ceremonies, and the options that students will have to participate in. Please continue to monitor your UNC Charlotte email address and the commencement website for more information. 

Even if the commencement ceremonies are postponed to a later date beyond May, when will my degree be awarded as it will be reflected on my diploma?

Degrees will be awarded at the end of the term. Diplomas will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after the end of the semester to the diploma address provided on the application for degree. To change the address to which the diploma should be mailed, go online through my.uncc.edu, select the Personal Information menu, then select Update Address(es) and Phone(s), and then select "Diploma" for the "Type of Address."

If I don’t participate in the postponed ceremony, will I receive a refund from the commencement fee?

The UNC System has indicated that decisions about fee refunds, which are in their discretion, will be postponed until we are beyond the imminent issues facing us with mitigating the spread of the virus. Our priority continues to be ensuring the health and safety of our campus community and ensuring students continue their online and remote learning.

Contact information

Email: Commencement@uncc.edu

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