To Do List for Graduating Seniors

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 8th 2020. Complete the online RSVP form no later than March 30, 2020.
  • Purchase regalia. The deadline for undergraduates to order regalia online is April 24, 2020. After April 24th, undergraduate students must visit the bookstore in person and place an order by Thursday, May 7, 2020. Students who are eligible to graduate with honors (according to the guidelines in the University Catalog) may pick up honor cords in the bookstore at the end of April. The bookstore will have a list of students eligible for honor 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. $85.00 must be paid to the Cashiers and Student Accounts Office no later than April 8th, 2020—thirty days prior to your graduation date.

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, the ringing of the University Bell, and the recessional.  The Commencement Brass will provide music.

  • 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.
  • Go to for a map of your assembly area, and please plan to arrive no later than 9:00 a.m.
  • 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.
  • If a friend or family member has restricted mobility or is deaf or hard of hearing, go to for more information.
  • 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.

Tell Us About Your Plans After Commencement

Career & Professional Development would love to hear about the amazing things you have planned after graduation. Take three minutes to share whether you have accepted a job or graduate school offer, have plans to start a business, or are still defining your next steps. You can find the graduation survey by clicking here.

Once your survey has been approved, you will receive a FREE t-shirt coupon via email with pick up instructions. We hope you share your story! Any questions contact CPD at 336-334-5454.

We congratulate you on your accomplishments and look forward to seeing you at the ceremony. Please contact if you have questions about the commencement ceremony.