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.
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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.