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127th Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 127th Commencement Exercises. We wish to extend congratulations to the graduating students and their families on this occasion.

Chancellor's Letter

It is time to leave the nest. Read the letter from the Chancellor.


Use this checklist to be sure that you're ready for graduation. You'll also find answers to FAQ here.


Participants in the Graduation Ceremony are expected to adhere to the guidelines outlined here.


Here you'll find directions to campus. Consult our campus map to find specific NCCU buildings or locations.

Inclement Weather Plan

Commencement will take place rain or shine and will be relocated only in the event of severe weather conditions. In case of rain on Saturday, May 14, the ceremony will be shortened. For more information please read the Inclement Weather Plan.

About our Speakers

Cory Booker
United States Senator, New Jersey

On October 16th, 2013, Cory Booker won a special election to represent New Jersey in the United States Senate. As a Senator, Booker has taken on some of the most difficult issues facing our country, such as reforming our broken criminal justice system, expanding economic opportunity for New Jerseyans, and improving our nation’s infrastructure. Prior to his time in the Senate, Booker served as the mayor of Newark, where he presided over the city’s greatest period of economic growth since the 1960’s. Throughout his seventeen years in public service, Booker has established himself as a creative problem solver who seeks bipartisan solutions.

Elmira Mangum
President, Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University

Making history as the first permanent female president in the University’s 128-year legacy, Elmira Mangum, Ph.D., began her tenure as the 11th president of Florida Agricultural and Mechanical University on April 1, 2014.

Dr. Mangum has served at the executive level of nationally recognized organizations of higher learning for more than 30 years. She is focusing her administration at FAMU on “Building a Brand that Matters in the 21st Century and Beyond.”

Featured Graduate

Salima Taylor

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