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Poole College of Management Commencement

Spring 2015 Commencement: Saturday, May 9, 2015
Event details will be updated in early March.

Click here for Poole Undergraduate Graduation Requirements


Spring 2015 Logistics:

Pre-Commencement Reception: Friday May 8, 2015

Graduates and their families are invited to a drop-in reception. Graduates will receive a "Paperless Post" invitation to their NC State email Account. Please RSVP to this email. Any questions, email:

NC State University Chancellor's Reception

4:00 - 5:30pm
Location - Atrium, Talley Student Union

          Poole Graduation Reception
          (Immediately following the Chancellor's Reception)

             5:30 - 7:00pm
             Location - University Club 
             4200 Hillsborough St, Raleigh


Commencement Ceremonies: Saturday May 9, 2015
You are invited to participate in two commencement ceremonies. Each will be held at the PNC Arena (formerly the RBC Center). Tickets are not required for guests for either ceremony.


NC State University Commencement Ceremony

9:00 - 11:30am
 PNC Arena
 (Event Details)

Poole College Commencement Ceremony

12:00 - 1:30pm
 PNC Arena
 During the Poole ceremony the names of each graduate will be announced as the student crosses the stage and is congratulated by the dean.
 To view the Commencement Program from the Poole College of Management, click here.



… for graduates attending University ceremony before the Poole College's ceremony
As soon as the university’s ceremony is over, graduates should go to the North Service Area of the PNC Arena to line up for the Poole College of Management ceremony. From the arena floor, go through the Section 107 exit and turn right to the North Service Area. Line up in alphabetical order behind the banner with the name of your academic Program. For additional instructions and procedures for the University ceremony, click here.

… for graduates not attending the University’s ceremony before the Poole College's ceremony
Please be at the PNC Arena ready to line up for the college’s ceremony no later than 11:15am. The Poole College of Management ceremony begins promptly at 12:00 noon. To reach the commencement staging area, please enter the PNC Arena from the North Service Area parking lot. Line up in alphabetical order behind the banner with the name of your academic Program. It is important that you arrive at the PNC Area prior to the University ceremony ending. Once the University ceremony ends (approximately 11:30am) - all traffic lanes will change to outbound, and it will be difficult to get into the parking area.


Parking and Seating Information for Guests:

  • Parking: You may park anywhere in the PNC Arena parking lot. Please enter the PNC Arena from the East, West or South doors. Handicap parking is available at the PNC Arena and an elevator is located inside the South (ticket box) entrance. (PNC Center Directions)
  • Seating: Parents/guests: Please do not come with your student to the North Service Area. All guests will sit in the seats/bleachers during both the University and Poole College ceremonies. Seating on the arena floor is reserved for graduates.


Commencement Photography:

As each graduate is handed his or her diploma cover, a photo will be taken by a professional photographer. A free color proof will be mailed to the graduate’s permanent address, with an opportunity to purchase. There is no obligation to purchase prints. To receive an email notification the moment your photos are available online, please visit Photo Specialties to pre-register. If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact Photo Specialties by email or call 1.800.722.7033 or 1.919.967.9576


Hand Me Gown Sustainability Initiative:

Consider donating your graduation robe so it can be reused by a graduate next semester — and keep it out of a landfill.

At the conclusion the commencement ceremony, graduates and their families are invited to gather on the main concourse by the South Entrance for photographs.  Please consider dropping your robe in one of the collection bins located in that area. Graduation robes will also be accepted in the Office of Undergraduate Programs, Nelson Hall 2150, throughout the year.

This sustainability effort is coordinated by Alpha Kappa Psi, the college’s professional business fraternity.