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Tassel-turning time again: Thousands to graduate

Posted May 9, 2008

— Thousands of local college students will receive their diplomas this weekend. Every college and university in the Triangle will hold graduations except N.C. Central – its ceremony was last weekend.

More than 4,000 degrees will be handed out at N.C. State on Saturday. More than 100 of those graduates will be recognized for a perfect 4.0 grade-point average. The ceremony will be held at the RBC Center in Raleigh.

Also, Saturday, it's the 141st graduation at Saint Augustine's College. It will be the first time in 30 years the event will be held on school grounds.

That same day, Peace College will hold graduation on its campus, and Shaw University students and parents will be at Dorton Arena on the State Fairgrounds.

On Sunday, commencement will be held at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Among the graduates will be six students from the inaugural C-STEP class.

C-STEP is a program working with community colleges to help low- and middle-income students pay for their educations.

At Duke University, officials will hand out more than 4,000 degrees. About 16,000 people are expected to attend.

At Meredith College in Raleigh, 275 students will march. That event will be held at the McIver Amphitheater on campus.

Log on to WRAL.com for slideshows from college graduations across the Triangle Sunday evening.

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  • wolfpackfan15 May 9, 2008

    congrats to all of them (especially the N.C. state grads... GO PACK!!!) Job well done, folks!

  • 007KnightRider May 9, 2008

    Congrads to my fellow Wolfpack!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • sunbaby May 9, 2008

    Go Angels!

  • jobchick2004 May 9, 2008

    Congratulations to all of our college graduates! Job well done.

  • SuperNupe May 9, 2008

    who is the girl in the picture...??? She is FINE... looks like she is AKA too!!!

  • Dark_Horse May 9, 2008

    Congrats guys!!!
    And I'd turn her tassel anyday! :0

  • wballanceunc May 9, 2008

    Congratulations to all graduates especially my fellow Tar Heel alumni. I only have one question for the graduates though...WHY?

    Stay in college! It is much more fun then the real world. Keep going back till they tell you no.

  • twixandbetwwen May 9, 2008

    Congratulations to gd especially to the vets that have returned from their service obligations to finish their schooling. I glad to notice that my alma mater NCSU, hasn't lost any of its academic toughness when you read that they are going to grant 4000 diplomas and only a hundred will be Validitorians, that represents 2.5% of the graduates are tops in their classes. There will be in this class many people that have taken longer than 4 years to graduate; however, they are to be congratulated,too.

  • beachboater May 9, 2008

    congratulations to all the graduates.

    There will be some Suma Cum Laude
    There will be some Magna Cum Laude
    There will be some Cum Laude
    and there will be some Thank the Laude

  • newssaavy72 May 9, 2008

    Congratulations to ALL college seniors and grad students in the triangle! Go SHAW U!!