University Registrar's Office

Commencement Central

To Do List for Graduating Seniors

Three Important things That You Need to Do

  • Inform the university whether or not you plan to attend the commencement ceremony at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9, 2014.
  • Purchase regalia. Go to the bookstore and place your order by April 11. Students who are eligible to graduate with honors according to the guidelines in the Undergraduate Bulletin may pick up honors cords in the bookstore around the first of May. The bookstore will have a list of students eligible for honors cords. The honors designation is tentative until final grades are recorded. If you have questions, contact the bookstore at 336-334-5563.
  • Pay the graduation fee. $55.00 must be paid to the Cashiers and Student Accounts Office no later than April 9—thirty days prior to your graduation date.
  • Plan to attend your departmental ceremony.  During the ceremony, master's and undergraduate degree candidates will stand to be recognized for their degrees—candidates will not cross the stage or be individually recognized. Each professional school within the university and each department within the College of Arts and Sciences will host separate ceremonies to recognize individual degree recipients from that school or department. Contact information for school and departmental ceremonies can be found at:

What to Do and Expect Commencement Morning
The UNCG commencement ceremony is a formal, traditional, academic exercise. The ceremony will begin with a processional of all participants, followed by: greetings and speeches from academic dignitaries, the conferring of degrees, tassel turning ceremony, singing of the Alma Mater, ringing of the University Bell, and the recessional.  The Commencement Band and Chorus will provide music. Previous commencement programs may be viewed online at:

  • Go to for a map of the parking area. Parking is free and no passes are required for students or guests.
  • Seating in the Coliseum is open and no tickets are required.
  • Arrive at the assembly area in the West Wing of the Greensboro Coliseum's Special Events Center no later than 9:15 a.m.  Look for signs indicating Undergraduates Assemble Here. Go to for a map of your assembly area.
  • The processional begins promptly at 10:00 a.m.
  • Wear your tassel on the right side of your cap unless you are a second-degree student. During the tassel turning ceremony, undergraduates will turn their tassels from the right side to the left to indicate receipt of the Baccalaureate.
  • There is NO rehearsal. The purpose of this message and the Commencement Central Web site,, is to provide all the information students and families will need. If you have further questions, please contact

Tips for an Enjoyable Commencement Experience

  • Eat Breakfast! The ceremony will last approximately two and a half hours.
  • The Greensboro Coliseum is adequately equipped with seating to accommodate guests in wheelchairs. When guests arrive at the Coliseum, they should proceed to one of the following restricted mobility seating area sections: 106, 112, 116, 118, or 124 (see map). Guests with restricted mobility should enter the Coliseum from the ground floor of the East Wing of the Special Events Center (see map). The elevator will be clearly marked.
  • Please note that participation in the ceremony does not presume graduation from the university. Degrees are conferred only after all academic requirements are met and the Board of Trustees has taken official action.
We congratulate you on your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you at the ceremony on May 9. Please contact if you have questions about the commencement ceremony.