It’s May in the Triangle, and you know what that means. It’s graduation season. Colleges and universities will bid bon voyage to thousands of graduates who must now make their way into the world.
Last weekend, it was St. Augustine’s College with 218 graduates, William Peace University with 193 and Meredith College with 477.
Here are the details about the coming commencement ceremonies.
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N.C. Central University: 8 a.m., O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium
Speaker: Rev. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina NAACP
N.C. State University: 9 a.m., PNC Arena
Speaker: Philip Rivers, alumnus, quarterback for San Diego Chargers
Shaw University: 11 a.m., Dorton Arena at the State Fairgrounds
Speaker: Thomas W. Dortch Jr., chairman emeritus, 100 Black Men of America
UNC-Chapel Hill: 9:30 a.m., Kenan Stadium
Speaker: Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York
Duke University: 10 a.m., Wallace Wade Stadium
Speaker: Fareed Zakaria, journalist and author
Durham Technical Community College: 4:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center
Speaker: Elaine Bushfan, Superior Court judge