Midtown Raleigh News

Graduation season commences

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.

May 12

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

May 13

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

May 30

Durham Technical Community College: 4:30 p.m., Durham Performing Arts Center

Speaker: Elaine Bushfan, Superior Court judge