• Date: May 18, 2019

  • Location: The Spectrum Center, formerly Time Warner Cable Arena

  • Address: 333 E. Trade Street, Charlotte, NC

  • Time: 10am

  • Arena opens at: 9am

  • Arrival time for students: 9am

The commencement ceremony lasts about 2 to 2-1/2 hours.

Arrival Instructions

Please review this information carefully - it is given in place of a practice session. Your cooperation with and understanding of what is expected of you will guarantee a smooth, enjoyable ceremony for you, your family and guests.


Do my guests need tickets for the ceremony? 

Tickets are not required to attend the ceremony.

  1. Review the order of exercises (information available in early May)

  2. Put on your Cap and Gown before arriving at the arena.

  3. Leave coats, valuables and other items with parents, friends or guests (you will not be able to store any personal belongings at the Spectrum Center). Do not bring items like balloons, flowers or wrapped gifts; they will not be allowed in by the Center security.

  4. Use rest room facilities; you will not be permitted to leave your seats once the ceremony begins.

Before Arrival

  1. Arrive no later than 9 am and enter through the loading dock off N. Caldwell Street. You will go through a security check point upon arrival at the Center so be sure to allow a few extra minutes for this.

  2. Pick up your name card, which will be used to announce your name as you cross the stage.

  3. Once you have your name card, assemble with your college (look for your college banner).

  4. You will then line up to form the academic procession.

  5. Make sure you have your name card with you before you begin the procession.

Upon Arrival to Spectrum Center





Is there a way to know where I will be sitting? Do graduates sit in alphabetical order? 

There is no assigned seating; graduates are not seated alphabetically.

Students march in and are seated by college.

Once seated, you and your guests may communicate via text message with each other to determine your locations - please do this before and not during the ceremony.


All graduates, guests and attendees are expected to remain for the entire duration of the ceremony. 

Leaving early demonstrates extreme disrespect. End times are approximate; allow additional time for reservations and other plans.


Professional photographers will take graduates' pictures as they cross and exit the stage.

A Note on Conduct

The university makes every attempt to plan and conduct a meaningful, dignified ceremony. The significance of this day, the recognition of your academic achievements, should be observed with respect. Disorderly conduct, rowdiness or the presence of alcohol or drugs will be grounds for immediate ejection, and may result in your diploma being retained by the university.