Graduation

All students will receive an email from the MBA Office in the early part of the semester of 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. If you have questions at anytime please be sure to reach out to your advisor.

Summer 2017 Graduates

If you are planning to graduate in Summer 2017 the deadline to apply to graduate is June 26th 2017.  Please reach out to your advisor as soon as possible for all relevant information:

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 either 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.