Ceremony Information

FRIDAY,  DECEMBER 14, 2018 AT 1:00 P.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Arts + Architecture
Belk College of Business
College of Health and Human Services
Graduates report to Dale F. Halton Arena Food Court by 12:00 p.m. with Student ID
SATURDAY,  DECEMBER 15, 2018 AT 10:00 A.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Computing and Informatics
Cato College of Education
The William States Lee College of Engineering
Graduates report to Dale F. Halton Arena Food Court by 9:00 a.m. with Student ID
SATURDAY,  DECEMBER 15, 2018 AT 3:00 P.M.
Undergraduate and Graduate Students for:
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Graduates report to Dale F. Halton Arena Food Court by 2:00 p.m. with Student ID

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.

For your safety, bag checks will be conducted at entry points.  Prohibited items include but are not limited to: weapons, alcoholic beverages, glass containers, noisemakers, laser pointers, non-service animals, skateboards, roller shoes, balloons and banners.


You may pick up your cap and gown (and hood if Master's or Doctoral Candidate) at the October 16 - 18, 2018 Commencement Fair.  The deadline to pick up your cap and gown is Friday, November 30.  For undergraduates, if your cumulative grade point average has earned you Graduation with Distinction (Summa Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, Cum Laude) you may purchase the appropriate honor cord at the bookstore.

For additional information, please refer to Cap and Gown FAQs


Tickets are required for the Commencement Ceremonies. Candidates for graduation will receive e-ticket information at the Commencement Fair, which will be held October 16 - 18 from 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Popp Martin Student Union Barnes & Noble Bookstore. E-ticket information will also be posted on the Tickets webpage in mid to late October.  

For additional information, please refer to Tickets and Ticket FAQs


Graduating students, please contact the Office of Disability Services at 704-687-0040 if you need accommodations. 

For guests, accessible seating is available on the entrance level of the Dale F. Halton Arena.  Seating is limited.  It is recommended that guests arrive 90 minutes before the ceremony. 

DROP OFF AREA:  A drop-off area is available at the West Entrance of the James H. Barnhardt Student Activity Center (Dale F. Halton Arena) for graduates and guests with limited mobility. Once on campus, follow the signs and tell traffic personnel that you wish to use the arena's drop-off area. Staff will be available to assist. Wheelchair transportation to guests' accessible seating will also be available. Guests who cannot transfer to a seat and need to remain in a wheelchair must bring their own. Wheelchairs are generally available for short-term rental from medical supply stores and some pharmacies.


Bring Your Student I.D. Card -  If you do not have a student I.D. card, you may check in with a photo I.D. and your student I.D. number.  Bag checks will be conducted at entry points.  Please leave personal items in car or with guests.
  1. 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; master's and doctoral 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.
  2. Each graduating student will receive an email a day or two prior to Commencement indicating their row assignment.  Signs will be posted in the Main Concourse area with row numbers.  A representative from your department will provide you with a name card which you will hand to the faculty member on stage. Remain in the line-up area until the procession begins.  All graduates must be in line and ready to process into the arena 20 minutes before the start of the ceremony.  Once seated in the arena, please do not leave your seat other than for an emergency.
  3. Cap tassels are worn on your right.  Master and Doctoral candidates will wear their hoods. When do you remove your cap during the ceremony? Women do not remove their caps during the exercises; men take their cue from the Chancellor and do as he does.  
  4. 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 the Dean of your college 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.
  5. After all candidates have returned to their seats, the Chancellor will ask you to stand together while he formally confers all degrees. The Senior Class President will give the turning of the cap tassel instructions.

For additional information, please refer to the ceremony section of  FAQs.


Diplomas will not be distributed at the Commencement ceremony. They will be mailed to graduates six to eight weeks after commencement 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.eduPersonal Information menu, Update Address(es) and Phone(s), and then select “Diploma” for the “Type of Address”. 


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 and other guests are not permitted in this area.  Prior to the ceremony, make arrangements with your guests to meet at a certain location following the ceremony.  Remember, the area surrounding the Student Activity Center will be very crowded immediately after the ceremony.


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.

GradImages (gradimages.com) 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 student's uncc.edu address a few days after the ceremony.  A DVD will be produced by GradImages, showing segments of the Commencement ceremony and every graduate being congratulated. 

Prior to the ceremony, graduates may Pre-Register with GradImages to receive a special discount offer.  Visit their website, www.gradimages.com, and click on Pre-Registration

For additional information, please refer to Photographs & DVD and Photographs & DVD FAQs


As an alumnus of UNC Charlotte, you are eligible for the many benefits offered through the UNC Charlotte Alumni Association.  Please visit the Alumni Association's Online Community a couple of months after graduation to verify your contact information or call 704‑687‑7799.


Important Announcement

Graduation Applicants-- Be sure to bring your student ID to check in on the day of Commencement.