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Poole College of Management Offers Virtual Commencement and Parade for Class of 2020 Graduates

UPDATE (as of Nov. 18, 2020): Due to a concerning increase in the number of positive cases and hospitalizations in the area and the regulations from the city, the college has decided to cancel the Poole Parade. We look forward to seeing our spring, summer and fall graduates at the Poole Virtual Commencement on Dec. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

NC State Poole College of Management will be wrapping up the fall semester in a few weeks and although COVID-19 has altered the traditional events, the college has chosen to celebrate in a unique way.

On Friday, December 4, Poole College will honor spring, summer and fall graduates with university and college-wide events.

Class of 2020 Poole Parade

Poole College will host the first-ever Poole Parade, a drive-thru celebration of graduates down Dan Allen and passing Nelson Hall, at 12 p.m. on December 4. The college is excited to welcome students back to campus in a physically distant and safe way. During the parade, graduates will be greeted by our faculty and staff members at the main entrance of Nelson Hall. The event will also be livestreamed on Facebook and YouTube

Graduates are encouraged to decorate cars with red and white to commemorate their time at NC State and have professional photos taken. To protect the health and safety of our community, all participants must remain in their vehicles during the parade, and only one vehicle per graduate is allowed.

NC State University Virtual Commencement

The university virtual event will include thoughts from graduating students, some special memories and a remarkable commencement speaker at 6 p.m. on December 4. 

Poole College of Management Virtual Commencement

Following the university virtual commencement, Poole College invites students and their families to the college’s online celebration. At the event, the college will recognize each graduating student individually with a name being read and a personalized slide. The commencement program will be available online here.

Poole College encourages students to use hashtags #NCState20 and #NCStatePoole on social media to share their memories and celebrations with the college.

Class of 2020 graduates: Fill out the RSVP form by Nov. 11 sent to all 2020 graduates from to participate in the parade and to provide additional details for your personalized slide for the Poole virtual commencement.

Poole College is truly proud of all of our graduates and look forward to seeing all of you virtually or at the Poole Parade.