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Poole College of Management Commencement

Click here to view/download the Spring 2016 Poole College of Management Commencement Program

Spring 2016 Logistics:

Pre-Commencement Reception: Friday, May 6th, 2016

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

NC State University Chancellor's Reception

4:00 - 5:30pm
Location - Atrium, Talley Student Union
2610 Cates Avenue (Parking available in the Coliseum Deck)

Poole College Reception

5:30 - 7:00pm
Location - University Club
4200 Hillsborough Street

Commencement Ceremonies: Saturday, May 7th, 2016

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
Location - PNC Arena
(Event Details)

Poole College Commencement Ceremony

12:00pm- 2:30pm
 Location - PNC Arena

During the Poole College ceremony the names of each graduate will be announced as the student crosses the stage and is congratulated by the dean.


… for graduates attending the University Ceremony prior to the Poole College 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 11:30am. The Poole College of Management ceremony begins promptly at 12:00pm. 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 Arena 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. 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 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