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. The Graduate School Hooding Ceremony typically is the day prior to Commencement.  Students who graduate in either summer term participate in the December commencement ceremony.  

Participation in the Ceremony

In order to participate or "walk" in the commencement or hooding 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 doctoral regalia.  

Doctoral students receive their diploma and are hooded during a separate hooding ceremony, usually the Thursday prior to the University Commencement ceremony. Students may choose one faculty member to escort and hood them during the ceremony. 

Graduating doctoral students and their advisors are invited to the Doctoral Celebration hosted by the Graduate School.  Typically, the event is held immediately following the Hooding Ceremony.  Look for your invitation via your NinerNet email account the month prior to your Commencement. For additional information about the Doctoral Celebration specifically, please contact

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