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130th Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 130th 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 Speaker

Tisha Powell
Co-anchor ABC11 WTVD Eyewitness News

Tisha Powell is a veteran newscaster and reporter who has gained a national profile through her coverage of major stories, including Hurricane Katrina in her home state of Louisiana in 2005.

A Loyola University graduate, Ms. Powell majored in broadcast news and minored in political science and served her first reporting assignment at WCBI in Columbus, Miss., later taking on roles as producer and anchor. She then went to work for WDSU in New Orleans and KABB in San Antonio, where she covered the Spurs NBA Championship as well as the Texas Seven, a group of prisoners housed near Kenedy, Texas, who escaped in late 2000 and were at large for a month.

Her on-the-air adventures have even included jumping with the Army Golden Knights Parachute Team in Laurinburg, N.C., covering the Pope's visit to Philadelphia and the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50. Among her notable interview subjects are First Lady Michelle Obama and Oprah Winfrey.

Today, Ms. Powell stays busy co-anchoring ABC11 Eyewitness News each weeknight, along with special reports and investigations for Eyewitness News.

She is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. and the Triangle Park Chapter of the Links Inc. and actively supports of the American Heart Association, the Girl Scouts and the USO of North Carolina. She and her husband, James, have two daughters.

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