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134th Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 134th Commencement Exercises. We wish to extend congratulations to the graduating students and their families on this occasion.

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Read Chancellor Akinleye's message for graduates.


Use our handy checklist to make sure you are ready for Graduation Day. We have answers to your top questions.


The Graduation Ceremony is steeped in tradition. Learn what's expected of participants and attendees.


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About our Speaker

Ruth E. Carter
Academy Award-Winning Costume Designer

Ruth E. Carter, the 2019 Academy Award winner for Best Costume Design, is a native of Springfield, Mass., and graduated from Hampton University in Virginia in 1982.

Carter began her career in design as an intern at the Santa Fe Opera. Over the past three decades, she has been credited with work on more than 40 films.

Carter is known for painstaking research in preparation for costume design, as well as her dedication to the craft. Her skills are especially valued in films featuring actors in period costumes, such as in The Butler, Selma and Marshall. She has worked with Spike Lee on more than 10 movies beginning with School Daze and including Do the Right Thing, Malcolm X and Old Boy.

Carter was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Costume Design in 1993 for Malcolm X and in 1998 for Steven Spielberg’s Amistad, as well as for an Emmy in 2016, following a remake of Roots.

In 2019, she became the first African American to win Best Costume Design for her work on the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Black Panther. Carter said the Black Panther costumes were inspired by her visits to south Africa, where she received permission to incorporate traditional Lesotho designs into the film’s wardrobe.

Current and upcoming films featuring Carter’s work include Dolomite is My Name on Netflix starring Eddie Murphy and Paramount’s Coming 2 America, also starring Eddie Murphy and directed by Craig Brewer. In 2019, Carter received the Career Achievement Award and Excellence in Sci-fi/Fantasy Film award from the Costume Designers Guild. She also won the Critics’ Choice Award for Best Costume Design for Black Panther.

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