While the Graduate School confers degrees after each term (Spring, 1st Summer, 2nd Summer, and Fall), commencement at UNC Charlotte is held just twice annually, once in May and once in December. Students who graduate in either summer term participate in the December commencement ceremony.  It is important that students intending to graduate in a particular semester meet all the requirements by the published deadlines.

Participation in the Ceremony

In order to participate or "walk" in the commencement ceremony, a student must have successfully completed all degree requirements and have submitted all required forms by the published deadlines, including the Online Graduation Application (please refer to the Academic Calendar for these deadlines). All students will be asked to provide a phonetic spelling of their name for their commencement ceremony. Please note that Master’s diplomas and graduate certificates are not distributed at commencement; students should expect to receive the diploma or certificate 6-8 weeks after commencement. Be sure to update your email and mailing address through in order to receive important information updates as well as the diploma/certificate.

Detailed instructions on the line-up, procession, and ceremony can be found on the University's Commencement website.

Graduate caps and gowns are available at the Campus Bookstore several months prior to commencement. UNC Charlotte also offers custom regalia.  

Doctoral students receive their diploma and are hooded during the Commencement ceremony. Each doctoral student may choose one faculty member to escort them during the ceremony and to assist in their hooding on stage. Because doctoral students and their faculty escorts are named during the ceremony, it is important that both plan to attend the practice session - generally held the Thursday afternoon prior to the ceremony in the Student Activities Center (SAC).

Graduating doctoral students and their advisors are invited to celebrate at a dinner hosted by the Graduate School which is generally held the Thursday night before Commencement.  Look for your invitation via your NinerNet email account the month prior to your Commencement. For additional information on the dinner, please contact Coren O'Hara at

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