Area colleges get ready for graduation

Posted May 2, 2010 10:53 p.m. EDT
Updated May 15, 2010 9:37 a.m. EDT

It is graduation season at local colleges and universities. The flurry of spring commencement ceremonies begins this month as proud families gather to celebrate the academic accomplishments of the next generation.

The identity of the commencement speaker is a key element of the day. High-profile people from worlds as varied as entertainment to the anti-apartheid movement are on the program for at Triangle-area universities. 

If you have a grad to celebrate, be sure to so that we can add those smiling faces to the upcoming Class of 2010 gallery.

Class of 2010

Graduation dates, times

Campbell University: Saturday, May 15, 10 a.m. at John W. Pope, Jr. Convocation Center

Methodist University in Fayetteville: Saturday, May 15, 2 p.m. in the March F. Riddle Center. The day’s events will begin with a baccalaureate service at 10:30 a.m. in Reeves Auditorium.

North Carolina Central University: Saturday, May 15, 8 a.m. in the O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. Virginia Gov. Doug Wilder, the first black governor in the U.S., will speak at the law school's graduation. Syndicated radio talk show host Tom Joyner will speak at the main commencement ceremony.

North Carolina State University: Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m. at RBC Center. Talk show host and journalist Charlie Rose is the speaker.

Duke University: Sunday, May 16, 10 a.m. at Wallace Wade Stadium. Muhammad Yunus, a Nobel Prize winner, Bangladeshi banker and inventor of microcredit, is the speaker.

Durham Technical Community College: Wednesday, May 19, 4:30 p.m. at the Durham Performing Arts Center. Peace Corps Director Aaron Williams is the speaker.

Wake County Technical Community College: Sunday, May 23, 3 p.m. in the Raleigh Convention Center. Sen. Richard Burr is the speaker.