Area grads toss caps this weekend

Posted May 10, 2012
Updated May 13

It's graduation weekend for thousands of college students across the state. In addition to the main commencement ceremonies, individual colleges or programs within schools might have smaller ceremonies.

Barton College

Date and time: Baccalaureate service Sunday, 11 a.m. at Howard Chapel; Graduation Sunday at 1:30 p.m.

Location: Center campus

Speaker: Robert A. Ingram, retired chairman and CEO of GlaxoSmithKline

Campbell University:

Date and time: Saturday at 10 a.m. Graduation Day 2012 Rocky Mount High School Your photos: Class of 2012

Location: John W. Pope Jr. Convocation Center in Buies Creek

Speaker: Dr. Jerry Wallace, Campbell University President

Duke University:

Date and time: Sunday at 10 a.m.

Location: Wallace Wade Stadium

Speaker: Fareed Zakaria, journalist, author and foreign policy advisor

Parking: All parking lots on campus will be open and available for parking without charge. Parking is on a first-come first-serve basis.

Other information: Over 4,900 undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees will be awarded.

North Carolina Central University:

Date and time: Saturday at 8 a.m.

Location: O'Kelly-Riddick Stadium

Speaker: Rev. Dr. William Barber II, president of the North Carolina chapter of the NAACP

North Carolina State University:

Date and time: Saturday at 9 a.m.

Location: PNC Arena

Speaker: Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and NC State alumnus

Other information: Over 5,200 degrees will be presented.

Shaw University:

Date and time: Saturday at 11 a.m.

Location: J.S. Dorton Arena, North Carolina State Fairgrounds

Speaker: Thomas W. Dortch, Jr., Chairman Emeritus of 100 Black Men of America, Inc. and Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of TWD, Inc.

Parking: Graduates and faculty use Gates 4 and 5. Spectators use Gate 9. Officers will be present to direct traffic. Report It logo 640x480 Share your graduation photos

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill:

Date and time: Sunday at 9:30 a.m.

Location: Kenan Stadium

Speaker: Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City

Parking: Parking is available in the decks on Manning Drive.


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  • joeblink May 11, 2012

    Mike H-You are the exception rather than the rule. Congrats to you. Obviously, I was making a rather sweeping generalization. But having spent almost 40 years dealing with businesses and their recruitment needs, I believe my statement is all too true. I also was a liberal arts major - but a long time ago! Different world, different economy. I wish all the grads nothing but the best.

  • raldude May 11, 2012

    Instead of being so negative and bringing politics into the story let's congratulate our graduates. You should be very proud of your accomplishments.

  • Bill of Rights May 11, 2012

    JoeBlink: I'm a liberal arts major (anthropology / history / English) and I make a six-digit income that a lot of my engineer grad friends would be jealous of. Some of the smartest people I know are humanities majors. Stop listening to Burt Rutan's rhetoric and take a look at average salaries by degree ... you might be surprised.

  • truth9806 May 11, 2012

    Forget the caps, they need to toss out obama in Nov.

  • mrschapmack May 11, 2012

    Thank you all for you words of "encouragement." I am proud to report I graduate tomorrow and start the job of my dreams next month!

    I am so sick and tired of everyone blaming Obama for problems that have plagued this country long before he stepped foot in the Oval Office. When I quit my job, some probably said "another potential welfare recipient." When I started school, some said "guess we're gonna pay for that too!" (BTW - you didn't!) Now that I am graduating (on time) and gainfully employed (even during the Obama administration!), what do you "naysayers" have to say???? It took much prayer, hard work, sacrifice and determination. Luck never entered into the equation! Instead of making grim predictions of our future....what are you doing to help???

  • moveyextraz May 11, 2012

    When choosing a major, choose wisely and remember a degree is a tool not an unconditional ticket to prosperity. I overcame Carter's economic stupidity you too can overcome Obama's stupidity. You may have to take a job less than you desired at 1st, but do it to prove you are willing to work.

    Good luck and Godspeed because the American dream does trump a stupid politician.

  • joeblink May 11, 2012

    Engineering grads = probable job opportunities.
    Art History grads = moving back home w/ parents.

  • what_in_the____ May 11, 2012

    Congrats! Unfortunately, I'm guessing that most of these ladies and gentlemen don't have jobs lined up, and probably have college loans that need paying, but due to Obama, getting a job in the career fields they now have degrees in will be still a long road for them. Good Luck!

  • awr117 May 11, 2012

    Congrats, i hear McDonald's hiring

  • Scubagirl May 11, 2012

    congrats to all the grads BUT traffic is going to be absolutely horrible!