Doctoral candidates, Master's candidates and Graduate Certificate candidates will attend Friday morning's Graduate School Commencement ceremony. Undergraduate candidates will attend the ceremony for their college. The colleges and ceremony schedule are listed here.
University policy states that students participate in the Commencement Ceremony for the term in which they complete their degree requirements. Students completing their degrees in the summer or fall terms participate in the December Commencement Ceremonies. Students completing their degree requirements in May participate in the May ceremony.
Graduates will line up in the practice gym located on the ground level of the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC). DO NOT report to the SAC food court. You may enter the building from the lower level ATAC entrances - the SAC entrances closest to the Cato College of Education building or near Woodward Hall. Signs will be posted. Arrive at the SAC practice gym 90 minutes prior to your ceremony. Graduates for the morning ceremony arrive at 8:30 a.m. For the afternoon ceremony, graduates arrive at 1:30 p.m.
Each ceremony will last approximately two hours. Conferring of Degrees begins approximately one hour into the ceremony.
If your majors are in colleges with different ceremonies, you may choose to participate in one or both.
If your majors are in colleges with the same ceremony, you will need to choose which major you will walk with.
You will receive additional information from the Office of the Registrar a couple of days prior to the ceremony.
Candidates for graduation who do not have a student ID card must have a valid government-issued photo ID and their UNC Charlotte ID number to participate in commencement.
There is no commencement rehearsal for undergraduate, master's, or graduate certificate candidates. The Graduate School will inform doctoral candidates of rehearsal.
Each graduating student will receive an email from the Office of the Registrar (firstname.lastname@example.org) a few days prior to Commencement indicating their row assignment and also including ceremony information.
Strollers are not allowed in Halton Arena. However, guests may bring their strollers into the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC) and check them with Guest Services, located in the SAC Food Court area, prior to entering Halton Arena.
The first available day to pick up your cap and gown (and hood if applicable) will be at the Commencement Fair. The Commencement Fair will be held at the Popp Martin Student Union Barnes & Noble Bookstore beginning Wednesday, April 1 through Friday, April 3 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Please bring your UNC Charlotte student ID card when picking up your cap and gown. Candidates for graduation who do not have a student ID card must have a valid government-issued photo ID and their UNC Charlotte ID number to participate in commencement.
The deadline to pick up your cap and gown is Monday, April 27. After the April 27 deadline, sizes are not guaranteed.
Watch this video on how to adjust your Master's hood.
Your student fees already paid for your cap and gown (and hood). There are no additional fees.
Starting the first day of the Commencement Fair, if you have earned Graduation with Distinction, you may purchase the honor cord (Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Summa Cum Laude) from the Bookstore. Please note: Final determination of graduation with honors is made upon completion of the student's final term. Therefore, the honor may change based on the final semester grades. For other honor cords, please contact your National Honor Society, Honors College and/or department.
For a nominal fee, the cap and gown vendor, Oak Hall, will ship your cap and gown to you beginning April 13. Please check back in March for the Oak Hall link. Contact the Bookstore by email at email@example.com or call 704-687-7050 for questions regarding your cap and gown.
All guests attending the ceremonies will need a ticket to enter the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center, Dale F. Halton Arena. Students who will be completing their degree requirements during spring 2020 are eligible to reserve Commencement e-tickets during the ticket distribution.
For your safety, metal detectors and bag checks will be conducted at entry points.
Graduates do NOT need a ticket and should enter the Barnhardt Student Activity Center (SAC) near the lower level ATAC entrances - the SAC entrances closest to the Cato College of Education building or near Woodward Hall.
Children aged two and under who can sit comfortably on an adult’s lap for two hours will not need a ticket. Children over the age of two will require a ticket.
All guests will need a ticket to enter Dale F. Halton Arena. There are no designated accessible seating tickets. Limited accessible seating is available on the arena entrance level for guests who use wheelchairs or who are unable to climb stairs, plus one accompanying person. Wheelchair assistance to accessible seating will also be available. Guests who cannot transfer to a seat and need to remain in a wheelchair are encouraged to bring or rent their own. Wheelchairs are generally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies.
Accessible seating is limited so early arrival is strongly recommended. Doors open 90 minutes prior to each ceremony.
Additional information can be found on the Accessibility page.
The number that appears on some tickets is for control purposes only and does not represent a specific seat. All e-tickets are for open seating.
The TicketReturn website refers to tickets for guests as 'Student Tickets'. Graduating students will not need a ticket.
Balfour is the exclusive producer of the official UNC Charlotte class rings. They will be on campus two other weeks during the semester. Check the Bookstore's calendar or ask the store manager for specific dates.
Your class ring is a lasting symbol of your academic accomplishments and time spent on campus. Join us on Thursday, May 7, 2020, at the Popp Martin Student Union as we "ring in" commencement weekend with the 49er Ring Ceremony.
RSVP for you and your guests by Tuesday, May 5. Seating is limited. The deadline to order rings for the May 7 Ring Ceremony is Friday, April 3.
GradImages is the official photographer for Commencement. Three photos will be taken of each student: one prior to walking on stage, one on stage shaking hands, and one after exiting the stage. Proofs will be emailed to students a few days after the ceremony. Pictures may be ordered online, by phone, or by mail.
Cap and Gown:
UNC Charlotte Bookstore
The Center for Graduate Life:
The Graduate School
International VISAS and other related information:
International Student/Scholar Office