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131st Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 131st Commencement Exercises. We wish to extend congratulations to the graduating students and their families on this occasion.

Chancellor's Letter

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.


Plan your route and parking with our directions and campus map.


Check out the full schedule to make your Commencement plans.

Inclement Weather Plan

In the event of severe weather conditions to ensure a great Commencement rain or shine.

About our Speakers

Graduate and Professional Commencement Speaker
Bakari Sellers
CNN Political Analyst

Mr. Bakari Sellers serves as a political analyst for CNN. The former South Carolina state legislator made history in 2006 when, at just 22 years old, he defeated a 26-year incumbent to become the youngest member of the South Carolina state legislature and the youngest African-American elected official in the nation. Mr. Sellers was a member of President Barack Obama’s South Carolina Steering Committee in 2008 and delivered addresses at the 2008 and 2016 Democratic National Convention. Considered a rising star in the Democratic party, Sellers provides commentary for CNN and practices law with Strom Law Firm in Columbia, S.C. In 2010 and 2014, Mr. Sellers was named to TIME Magazine’s 40 Under 40 list. In 2015, he was named on The Root’s 100 annual list of the most influential African-Americans. Mr. Sellers earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 2008. He received his bachelor’s degree from Morehouse College, where he served as student body president.

Baccalaureate Commencement Speaker
The Honorable Chaz Beasley
Member of the North Carolina General Assembly

North Carolina Representative Chaz Beasley was elected in 2016 to serve residents of House District 92, which includes a large portion of Mecklenburg County.
As a member of the N.C. House, he serves on a number of committees, including Banking, Commerce and Job Development, Finance and Transportation.
Mr. Beasley is the North Carolina representative for the Millennial Action Project, a bipartisan coalition of young legislators from across the country working together address issues of mutual concern.
Born in Statesville, N.C., Beasley received a bachelor’s degree with high honors in economics from Harvard University in 2008. He earned a juris doctorate in 2013 from Georgetown Law School. He is an associate with Alston & Bird in Charlotte, where he specializes in financial transactions. Before joining Alston & Bird, Mr. Beasley served on the staff of the majority leader in the U.S. Senate. He also interned for judges on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit and
the Supreme Court of North Carolina.

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