Schedule of this month's college commencements in Triangle

jstancill@newsobserver.comMay 1, 2014 

The commencement party is about to start in the Triangle, as area colleges and universities send thousands of new graduates into the world.

The festivities begin this weekend at Meredith College, St. Augustine’s University, William Peace University and Wake Tech. The cap-and-gown parade will culminate next weekend with Duke, N.C. State and Shaw universities and UNC-Chapel Hill.

If you want to take Mom out to dinner for Mother’s Day next weekend, do not delay in landing a reservation. Thousands of graduates and their families will clog Triangle roads and businesses next Saturday and Sunday.

Let’s hear it for the grads. And their parents.

The schedule of commencement ceremonies:

Duke University

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, at Wallace Wade Stadium, Durham

Speaker: Gen. Martin Dempsey, chairman of the joint chiefs

Graduates: 5,100

Notable: Erskine Bowles, former UNC system president and Clinton White House chief of staff, will receive an honorary degree.

Meredith College

When: 7 p.m. Saturday, May 3, at Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Speaker: Susan Mboya, philanthropist and Coca-Cola executive

Graduates: 450

Notable: Mboya is president of Zawadi Africa Educational Fund, which provides scholarships for women in Africa to attend U.S. colleges, including Meredith.

N.C. Central University

•  Undergraduates

When: 8 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium, Durham

Speaker: Lezli Baskerville, president and CEO of the National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education

Graduates: 720

•  Graduate and professional students

When: 3 p.m. Friday, May 9, McDougald-McLendon Gymnasium

Speaker: John Ruffin, former NCCU professor and retired director of the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities for the National Institutes of Health

Graduates: 420

Notable: Expect a mention of the MEAC champion Eagles men’s basketball team, which went to the NCAA tournament for the first time this year.

N.C. State University

When: 9 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at PNC Arena, Raleigh

Speaker: David Ferriero, archivist of the United States and former Duke librarian

Graduates: 5,200

Notable: The university will have 134 valedictorians who earned a perfect 4.0 during their academic careers.

Shaw University

When: 11 a.m. Saturday, May 10, at Dorton Arena, State Fairgrounds, Raleigh

Speaker: Gloria Bongi Ngema-Zuma, first lady of the Republic of South Africa

Graduates: 300

Notable: Shaw’s website cautions that the event is joyous, yet solemn: “No signs, no fireworks, no bottles, no beach balls, no cans, no noisemakers, etc.”

St. Augustine’s University

When: 9 a.m. Sunday, May 4, at the University Quadrangle

Speaker: Darryl Scriven, author and documentary producer

Notable: After a tumultuous year that included the ouster of the former president, Dianne Boardley Suber, St. Aug’s graduates will be in the spotlight.

UNC-Chapel Hill

When: 9:30 a.m. Sunday, May 11, at Kenan Stadium, Chapel Hill

Speaker: Atul Gawande, surgeon and best-selling author

Graduates: 6,000

Notable: Honorary degree recipients include former N.C. Gov. Bev Perdue and “Tales of the City” writer Armistead Maupin.

Wake Technical Community College

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, at Raleigh Convention Center

Speaker: Phil Matthews, chairman of the Wake County Board of Commissioners

Graduates: 1,400 (About 800 are expected at the ceremony)

Notable: Any Wake Tech employee who has a child graduating will join President Stephen Scott in presenting the diploma.

William Peace University

When: 10 a.m. Saturday, May 3, on the Main Green, Raleigh

Speaker: Nancy McFarlane, mayor of Raleigh

Graduates: 170

Notable: Tradition at Peace is for graduates to toss roses into the fountain in the center of Main Lawn.

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