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Fall Poole College of Management Commencement

General Information

Poole College Fall Commencement Program

During the Poole College ceremony, all Jenkins Graduate Programs degree recipients will be individually announced, hooded by the Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and congratulated by the Dean. All undergraduate degree recipients will be individually announced and congratulated by the Dean.

The ceremony will last 1-1.5 hours. Out of respect for your fellow graduates, and to allow all graduates and their families to enjoy the ceremony uninterrupted, we request and expect that you remain for the entirety of the ceremony.

Poole College will also livestream the entire commencement ceremony on YouTube and Facebook for friends and family who could not attend the event. The university ceremony will be also livestreamed.

Academic Regalia. Graduating students can purchase academic regalia (cap/gown/stole) before graduation at the NC State bookstores.

Instructions for Graduating Students

For graduates attending the University Ceremony prior to the Poole College ceremony

Participating students should arrive by 8:30 a.m.

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 according to the number on your name card behind your academic program banner.  The number will place you alphabetically within your major and concentration. Learn more on the University Commencement website.

For graduates NOT attending the University’s ceremony before the Poole College’s Ceremony

Participating students should arrive by 10:45 a.m.

The Poole ceremony begins promptly at 11:30 a.m. You should park at the North Service entrance. It is important that you arrive at the PNC Arena prior to the University ceremony ends. Once the University ceremony ends (approximately 11:00 a.m.), all traffic lanes will change to outbound, and it will be difficult to get into the parking area.

Lining up and Name Cards

In the backstage area, you will receive a card with your name, major/program, concentration (if applicable) and line number on the front, and directions/information on the back. You will use the line number to find your alphabetical location within your program. When your major/program is called during the ceremony, you will walk to the stage and hand your card to the reader so they can read your name. Marshals will be there to direct you.

Personal Belongings

Graduating students need to keep any personal belongings (umbrellas, bags, etc.) with them for the duration of the ceremony. Students will return to your original seat after they walk across the stage.

Seating Information for Parents and 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.

Parking Information

You may park anywhere in the PNC Arena parking lot. Please enter the PNC Arena from the East, West or South doors. Parking attendants will be present to help navigate the lots. Handicap parking is available at the PNC Arena and an elevator is located inside the South (ticket box) entrance.

PNC Clear Bag Policy

A reminder that PNC has a clear bag policy for guests, however graduation participants (students, faculty, staff, etc.) entering through the North Service Entrance will not have to follow the policy. Students are still encouraged to bring as little as possible into the arena with them.


As each graduate is handed his or her diploma cover, a photo will be taken by a professional photographer. Families and guests will not be allowed onto the main floor for photos during the ceremony.

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 at or call 1.800.722.7033 or 1.919.967.9576