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128th Commencement Exercises


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Welcome students, family members and guests to North Carolina Central University's 128th Commencement Exercises. We wish to extend congratulations to the graduating students and their families on this occasion.

Chancellor's Letter

Read Acting 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.

About our Speaker

Valeisha Butterfield Jones
CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and Director of Black Community Engagement for Google

Speaking at December 2016 Commencement is Valeisha Butterfield Jones, CEO of the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN) and director of black community engagement for Google. A native of Wilson, N.C., and a graduate of Clark Atlanta University, Butterfield Jones went to work for Rush Communications in New York, rising from an unpaid internship to national executive director of the Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. Throughout her career, she has worked to empower women of color through career development, mentorship programs and efforts to overcome race and gender bias in the entertainment industry. She is the author of The Girlprint, a career guide for young women who aspire to become leaders. Butterfield Jones is married to 2016 NBA champion Dahntay Jones of the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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