28 Carolinas schools have graduation Saturday

Saturday will be the biggest day of the year for college graduations, with 28 Carolinas colleges and universities awarding diplomas.

Among the commencement speakers Saturday will be Gloria Bonji Ngema-Zuma, first lady of Republic of South Africa. She will address graduates at Shaw University in Raleigh.

Saturday’s commencement exercises (with keynote speaker information when available):

Allen College – 10 a.m., John Hurst Adams Gymnatorium.

Appalachian State University – at Holmes Convocation Center. 9 a.m., Health Sciences, with speaker Chancellor Kenneth Peacock. 12:30 p.m., Education, with N.C. Teacher of the Year Darcy Grimes. 4 p.m., College of Fine and Applied Arts, with WBTV news anchor John Carter. Additional graduations Sunday.

Benedict College – 9 a.m., Johnson Stadium.

Campbell University – at Pope Convocation Center. 9 a.m., Arts and Sciences; 3 p.m., Education and Business. Additional graduations took place Friday.

C howan University – 10 a.m., on campus.

The Citadel – 9 a.m., McAlister Field House. Deborah Lee James, Secretary of the Air Force.

Claflin College – 11 a.m., Seventh-day Adventist Worship and Convention Center, Orangeburg, S.C. Dr. James Ogletree, Harvard University law professor.

Coastal Carolina University – 8:30 a.m., Brooks Stadium.

Elizabeth City State University – 9 a.m., Roebuck Stadium. Bennett College president Rosalind Fuse-Hall.

Fayetteville State University – 9 a.m., Crown Coliseum. Winston-Salem State University Chancellor Donald Reaves.

Furman University – 7:30 p.m., Seagraves Field.

Lees-McRae College – 11 a.m., Tate Lawn. Thomas Brigham, a 1972 graduate and current trustee; and Jane Stephenson, a 1967 graduate.

Mars Hill University – 9:30 a.m., Moore Auditorium. Rev. Dixon Free, chairman of university trustees.

Montreat College – 2 p.m., Anderson Auditorium.

New Life Theological Seminary – 2 p.m., on campus.

N.C. A&T University – 8:30 a.m., Greensboro Coliseum. Belle Wheelan, president of Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges.

N.C. Central University – 8 a.m., O’Kelly-Riddick Stadium. Lezli Baskerville, CEO of National Association for Equal Opportunity in Higher Education.

North Carolina Methodist – 2 p.m., Riddle Center.

North Carolina State University – 9 a.m., PNC Arena. David Ferriero, archivist of the United States.

Pfeiffer University – 10:30 a.m., Merner Center. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina president and CEO Brad Wilson.

Presbyterian College – 10 a.m., West Plaza.

Shaw University – 11 a.m., Dorton Arena. Gloria Bonji Ngema-Zuma, first lady of Republic of South Africa.

University of South Carolina – at Colonial Life Arena. 9:30 a.m., Arts & Sciences; Honors College. Boeing Inc. CEO W. James McNerney. 3 p.m., Education, Engineering and Computing; Hospitality, Retail and Sports Management; Music; Social Work; Fort Jackson Program; Palmetto Program; Interdisciplinary Studies. NASA Administrator Charles Bolden Jr. Other graduations took place Friday.

UNC Asheville – 9 a.m., University Quadrangle.

UNC Charlotte – at Barnhardt Student Center. 10 a.m., Liberal Arts and Sciences. 3 p.m., Arts and Architecture; Education; Engineering.

UNC Pembroke – 9 a.m., Quadrangle. Air Force Brigadier General Allen Jamerson.

UNC Wilmington – at Trask Coliseum. 9:30 a.m., Arts and Sciences. 1 p.m., Arts and Sciences. Other graduations took place Friday.

Winthrop University – 11 a.m., Winthrop Coliseum.