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132nd Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 132nd 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

The Honorable H.M. "Mickey" Michaux Jr.
North Carolina House of Representatives

North Carolina House of Representatives member Henry M. Michaux Jr. is a Durham, N.C., native who earned a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in 1952. He served in the military with the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1952 until 1954 and in the Army Reserves from 1954 until 1960. Rep. Michaux earned juris doctor degree from NCCU School of Law in 1964.

While working as a real estate broker and property casualty agent in North Carolina, as well as a practicing attorney, he was appointed by former U.S. President Jimmy Carter in 1977 to serve as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of North Carolina, the first African-American to serve in that position in the South.

He was elected to the N.C. House of Representatives in 1972 and held that post for five years. In 1984 he was reelected to the House, where he continued to serve until his retirement at the conclusion of the 2018 session. While in office, he served as senior chair of the Appropriations Committee from 2007-2010 while backing many significant causes, including increased minority economic development programs, expanded voter rights and enhanced support for Historically Black Colleges and Universities. He holds the record as the longest-serving member of the N.C. House of Representatives.

Rep. Michaux has been a member of Board of Trustees of North Carolina Central University, the Board of Directors of the NCCU Foundation and served as the national president of the NCCU Alumni Association. He received an Honorary Doctor of Law degree from the NCCU School of Law. In 1988, Rep. Michaux was inducted into the NCCU Athletic Hall of Fame for his pioneering efforts in the sport of tennis. In 2007, NCCU's School of Education was named in honor of Rep. Michaux. In 2010, he was selected by NCCU to receive the inaugural James E. Shepard Medallion.

Many additional awards include the North Carolina NAACP Humanitarian Award; the N.C. Justice Center's Champion of Justice Award; the Greater Durham Black Chamber of Commerce Man of the Year Award; and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine, the state's highest official honor. Rep. Michaux is married to the former June Elizabeth Williams and has two adult children and five grandchildren. He is a member of St. Joseph's African Methodist Episcopal Church.

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