The Triangle’s cap-and-gown parade started Sunday at St. Augustine’s University in Raleigh and will culminate next weekend when the area’s other seven colleges and universities celebrate their graduates.
If you want to treat Mom to a meal out for Mother’s Day, do not delay in securing a table. Thousands of graduates and their families will clog Triangle roads and businesses on Saturday and Sunday.
The festivities started at Wake Tech Community College on Saturday, when 1,400 students received degrees. Separate ceremonies were held at the new gym on the main campus.
Here’s a rundown of the commencements coming next weekend:
When: 10 a.m. Sunday at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham
Speaker: Melinda Gates, philanthropist and Duke alumna
Notable: Duke will award an honorary degree to Henry Louis Gates Jr., noted Harvard professor of African-American history and literature, who used to teach at Duke.
When: 7 p.m. Saturday at Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Speaker: Anne-Marie Slaughter, international affairs scholar
Notable: Meredith moved its ceremony off campus to Dorton Arena to accommodate friends and family of a larger graduating class.
N.C. Central University
When: 8 a.m. Saturday, O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Durham
Speaker: Fredricka Whitfield, CNN news anchor and correspondent
• Graduate and professional students
When: 3 p.m. Friday at McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium
Speaker: Johnny C. Taylor Jr., president and CEO of the Thurgood Marshall College Fund.
Notable: NCCU holds separate ceremonies for undergraduates and graduation/professional students.
N.C. State University
When: 9 a.m. Saturday at PNC Arena, Raleigh
Speaker: Phil Freelon, architect and president of the Freelon Group Inc.
Notable: Graduates and their families will get a glimpse of the good life when they attend a reception Friday at the 8,000-square-foot, $3.5 million home of Chancellor Randy Woodson.
When: 11 a.m. Saturday at Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh
Speaker: Dr. Cleveland L. Sellers Jr., president of Voorhees College and Shaw alumnus
Notable: Sellers, a civil rights activist, will speak on “Rebuilding the African-American Community – One Institution/One Person at a Time.”
When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday at Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill
Speaker: Steve Case, co-founder of America Online, chair of the Case Foundation and CEO of Revolution
Notable: UNC-CH will award an honorary degree to Mary Pope Osborne, author of the famed “Magic Tree House” children’s book series.
William Peace University
When: 10 a.m. Saturday on the University Green, Raleigh
Speaker: Erskine Bowles, businessman, former UNC president, former White House Chief of Staff
Notable: Graduates will have the option of choosing a diploma from the renamed coed William Peace University or the former women’s-only Peace College.
Staff writer Jane Stancill