More Than 600 Prepare for December Commencement

North Carolina Central University will celebrate the academic achievement of students at the 122nd Commencement Exercises on Dec. 14, at 9 a.m. in the McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium. More than 600 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees will be conferred. NCCU alumna, Dr. Annika Barnett, will serve as the commencement speaker.


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At 26, Barnett is the university's youngest commencement speaker and one of a handful of alumni invited to deliver the commencement address. She is a first-year medical resident at The Johns Hopkins Hospital in the Pediatrics and Anesthesiology Combined Residency Program in Baltimore, Md.

This year, NCCU will also award the Student Service Impact Award to seven undergraduate students in recognition of their work in the community.

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