All students will receive an email from the MBA Office in the early part of the semester prior to graduation with details about the graduation process. Please be sure to check your NCSU email account and read the weekly updates for important announcements about graduation. Students planning on graduating in the current semester should follow the steps below.

Graduation Checklist for December 2017

Those students planning to complete MBA coursework and graduate in December 2017 must complete the following steps by Monday, October 30th.

Step One: “Apply to Graduate” in MyPack Portal


  • MyPack Portal>Student Self Service> Degree Progress/Graduation> Apply to Graduate.

This must be filled out by the student! (A survey will pop up, not a part of our requirement but we do recommend that you complete it)

Make privacy information adjustments – Names of graduating students will not be published in the graduation program or in any official press release if the student has a privacy setting preventing such release. Students must ensure that their “privacy settings” in the MyPack Portal indicate their intention for inclusion in or exclusion from these publications. Check with Registration and Records for help completing this step. Deadline to remove the privacy block is November 3, 2017.

Step Two: Please fill out the Patent Agreement online through MyPackPortal.


  • Student self service > Academic Records > Graduate Plan of Work (please click on the patent agreement tab)
  • Read the text and check the “I Agree” box.
  • Once you select the “I Agree” box, the date, time, and your unity ID will show to indicate the Patent Agreement has been completed.

Step Three: Please fill in or update your Graduate Plan of Work (POW). 

Step Four: Complete the following questionnaire:

Graduation Questionnaire: This questionnaire takes about 5 minutes of your time and is not anonymous. We collect your contact information (for alumni affairs) so we can keep up with you post-graduation and your career progression information (which we will aggregate for statistical purposes).

On November 10th an email will be sent to those students who completed all of the steps above.


Graduation Events and Ceremonies

Graduation Reception for December 2017 Graduates: Save the Date
There will be a reception for all December 2017 Jenkins MBA graduates, as well as their families and guests, in one of the event rooms at the PNC Arena immediately following the conclusion of the Poole College of Management ceremony on Friday, December 15th. An invitation with all of the details, as well as a request for RSVPs will be sent to students’ emails – please watch for it!

Note: Commencement Ceremonies take place in December or May ~ Summer graduates are eligible to walk in either of the ceremonies.

December 2017 Graduation Events

Date Time Event Location
December 14th 4-5:30pm Chancellor’s Reception Talley Student Union
December 15th 9am University Graduation Ceremony (begins) PNC Arena
December 15th 11:30am Poole College of Management Ceremony PNC Arena
December 15th Immediately following
PCOM ceremony
Jenkins MBA Graduation Reception
(RSVP required)
PNC Arena Event Room

Please be advised that if you plan to participate in either or both of the graduation ceremonies you will need to refer to all graduation announcements on the links provided below. These links will be updated as information becomes available including where and when to meet with your department for the ceremony and all other important details.

Graduation FAQs

Preparing for Graduation

What do I need to do to prepare for Graduation?

Graduating students should follow the four steps in the Graduation Checklist above. The MBA Office will also send out an email to graduating students regarding graduation requirements, MBA graduation clearance, and graduation activities. Therefore students should continue to check their ncsu email to make sure they receive this important information.

How can I order graduation invitations?

Graduation Announcements may be ordered at any time online at the NC State Bookstores website. Samples are also on display in Wolfpack Outfitters and WolfXpress (both in the Talley Student Center).

My family is requesting a visa to come to my Graduation. Is there a formal letter sent to them?

An invitation letter isn’t a required document for a visa appointment, but most families like to have something with them when they go to their appointments so we encourage students to write the letter themselves and then have it notarized before sending it to their families. OIS has notaries that are free, but the student needs to call their office to schedule an appointment with them. They also have an example of an invitation letter on their website that students can use as a guide.

How many guests may I invite to the Graduation Ceremony?

There are no limits on the number of guests you can invite to either ceremony. Guests are not required to have tickets. Please read the PCOM Graduation instructions for guests attending the Graduation Ceremony. They will be required to park and enter through another location.

When is the latest I can get my cap and gown from bookstore?

Graduates are able to go to the bookstore through the day before graduation.  If graduates want to customize then they need to talk directly to the Bookstore.

The Graduation Ceremony

Do I need to wear a cap and gown to the Graduation Ceremony?

Yes, students are required to wear the full graduation regalia to any ceremony they attend. Master’s students are required to wear a master’s gown, cap, tassel, and master’s hood. Caps, gowns, and other graduation apparel can be ordered through the NC State Bookstores website or at the Wolfpack Outfitters in the Talley Student Center.

Am I required to attend the Graduation Ceremony?

No, students can choose which ceremonies they want to attend. The full NCSU Graduation Ceremony is for the entire graduating student body while the Poole College of Management Graduation Ceremony is for those students in the College of Management. Students attending the PCOM ceremony will have their name announced and will walk across the stage. This doesn’t take place at the larger NCSU ceremony.

How long do the ceremonies last?

The NCSU Commencement Ceremony will last about 3 hours depending on the number of students in attendance. The PCOM Graduation Ceremony typically lasts two to two and half hours in May, and one to one and half hours in December.

Where can my handicap family member sit during the ceremony?

Handicapped seating is located as indicated throughout the arena. Please review the PNC Arena handicapped seating map courtesy of Ticketmaster. Handicapped seating beneath sections 108 and 130 is not available during graduation. Guests must enter on the main concourse level. There is no handicapped seating available on the floor level during graduation as the ground floor is reserved for graduation candidates.

After Graduation

When will I know I have officially graduated?

Students following the directions above will be on track for having their degree conferred, pending current semester grades. Grades are not always posted at the time of graduation, therefore participation in graduation ceremonies does not ensure your degree is complete. Once all grades are posted, Registration and Records will confer your degree and it will post on your transcript. This usually happens a few weeks after the end of the semester. To check on your degree, you can view your unofficial transcript in MyPack Portal. For questions about your degree posting please contact the Office of Registration and Records (919-515-2572).

When should I order a transcript if I want my degree to show?

Once all grades are posted, Registration and Records will confer your degree and it will post on your transcript. This usually happens a few weeks after the end of the semester. Students can order a transcript but choose to have it held until your degree is conferred. Choose this option when ordering a transcript if you need your degree to show on that transcript to ensure it is not sent before it is posted.

When will I get my diploma?

December graduates: Final clearance for candidates other than Doctoral is late January. All diplomas will be mailed to the address the student listed as their “Diploma or Home/Mailing address” in their MyPack Portal mid-February.

May graduates: Final clearance for candidates other than Doctoral is mid-June. Students who have been cleared for graduation prior to the graduation date will receive their diplomas by the last week in June. Students who are cleared late will receive their diplomas by the second week in July. All diplomas will be mailed to the address the student listed as their “Diploma or Home/Mailing address” in their MyPack Portal.

For questions about your diploma please contact the Office of Registration and Records (919-515-2572).

Can my diploma list my nickname?

Diplomas will have the students’ primary name.  In order to change your name, you must have official documentation. Documentation needs to be submitted to Registration and Records.

Can I change the address of where to send diploma?

Graduates can change the address with Registration and Records.