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Congratulations to the class of 2021

With great enthusiasm, UNCG announces that the Class of 2021 and Class of 2020 will have an in-person Commencement on May 7 and May 8.

“The classes of 2020 and 2021 have persevered in the face of enormous challenges. Each of our graduates has shown tremendous resilience and the kind of compassion and sense of community that speaks well of our collective character. We look forward to celebrating their accomplishments in-person this May,” said Chancellor Gilliam.

Our graduates and their families and friends have expressed their desire to come together, safely and socially-distanced, to celebrate this monumental moment. We heard you. And we are pleased that, with the assistance of the Greensboro Coliseum, we can offer in-person Commencement ceremonies that follow COVID-19 safety protocols.

2021 Spring Commencement Frequently Asked Questions

Information regarding May Commencement:

  • Multiple University ceremonies will be held at the Greensboro Coliseum on May 7 and May 8, with graduation candidates walking with their college/school. Students’ names will be announced as they walk across the stage.
  • Each ceremony will be livestreamed so our graduates’ families and friends can share in the celebration no matter where they are.
  • Commencement dates and times are:
    • Class of 2021:
      • Friday, May 7, at 9 a.m.: School of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, UNCG Online, Interdisciplinary Master’s, and Beyond Academics
      • Friday, May 7, at 1 p.m.: College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Education, and Bryan School of Business and Economics
      • Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences
    • Class of 2020:
      • Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m.: All colleges and schools (undergraduate and master’s graduates from May, August, and December 2020)
    • Classes of 2020 and 2021 doctoral graduates and candidates:
      • Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m.: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, all colleges and schools

Need for Continued Flexibility

The classes of 2020 and 2021 will receive email communications in the weeks to come to register for their respective commencement ceremonies. Should ceremonies need to be adjusted based on public health directives, we will be prepared to be nimble and flexible and adjust our plans. The most updated information will be shared at commencement.uncg.edu as it becomes available.

Commencement Questions

Registration is live on Monday, April 5 at 12 p.m., and will remain open until Saturday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m.

For 2021 students who completed their graduation application, you should have received an email from NameCoach to register for Commencement. If you have not, please email: commencement@uncg.edu.

Registration is mandatory to attend in-person. Students will be honored either in-person, or, for those who are unable to attend in-person, through a virtual component. Therefore, please fill out the registration form in its entirety, whether or not you plan on attending in-person or not.

Summer 2021 graduates – if you plan to walk this May, please fill out this registration form. If you plan to walk in December 2021, do not submit this form. Be advised, the names of Summer graduates only appear in the December Commencement Program.

No. Students will celebrate along with their college/school, with the Chancellor and deans participating at a social distance. Students with double-majors will be asked to choose which college/school they want to walk with during the pre-registration process. Due to North Carolina indoor gathering restrictions, all students must pre-register for their college/school ceremony. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Before entry, all attendees, guests, and students, will be screened per state and county COVID-19 guidelines and Coliseum protocols. Each attendee will undergo temperature screening and answer questions regarding COVID-19 exposure.

Face coverings are required.

Every attendee must have a ticket to enter the Coliseum. Walk-ins will not be permitted.

Following each ceremony, attendees are asked not to congregate in the Coliseum and are encouraged to meet at their vehicles in order to limit gatherings.

Class of 2020 graduates will be able to walk across the Commencement stage and have their name called at a Class of 2020-specific ceremony on Saturday, May 8. The University emailed Class of 2020 graduates using the email addresses on file with UNCG Alumni Office. You can update your email at www.alumni.uncg.edu/update.

Registration is live on Monday, April 5 at 12 p.m., and will remain open until Saturday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m.

Registration is mandatory to attend in-person. Students will be honored either in-person, or, for those who are unable to attend in-person, through a virtual component. Therefore, please fill out the registration form in its entirety, whether or not you plan on attending in-person or not.

With the health and safety of our students and their families being our highest priority, two ticketed guests per graduate will be able to attend the in-person ceremonies. No additional tickets will be provided, and walk-ins will not be permitted due to the state and local health guidelines restricting the Greensboro Coliseum’s capacity.

The University will both livestream and record each Commencement ceremony. The recordings will be posted online, at commencement.uncg.edu, as soon as possible following each event.

The University is working with the Greensboro Coliseum to manage ticketing for guests. More information will be provided here in the coming weeks.

Seating for guests will be assigned and social distancing will be in place throughout the Coliseum. Guests must remain in their assigned seats during the ceremony.

NO. Guest tickets will only be usable for the ceremony. of the registered student. For example, a guest ticket for a 9 AM ceremony will not be valid for any other ceremony.

We will have special seating areas for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, those with restricted mobility, and those with medical problems. Note that guests with restricted mobility should enter the Coliseum from the ground floor of the East Wing of the Special Events Center. The elevator will be clearly marked. Contact the Guest Services Manager of the Greensboro Coliseum at 336.373.7461 for more information. Please email w_tapia@uncg.edu if anyone in your party is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The University has contracted with a photographer to take individual portraits of each graduate immediately following the graduate’s walk across the stage. Information on how to access these photos will be provided by the photographer.

Bachelor's and master’s students who plan to graduate this Summer have the option of participating in either the Spring or Fall Commencement ceremony. Summer 2021 graduates are able to register for the May 2021 ceremony.

The names of August graduates will appear in the December version of the Commencement program.

You can apply for Summer graduation between March 8 (application opens) and July 9, 2021 (application deadline). For additional information, please see Application for Undergraduate Degree | University Registrar's Office.

For graduate students, the deadline to apply for August graduation is May 19. For more information visit the Graduate School.

Diplomas for undergraduate, master’s, and doctoral students are mailed to the address you provide on your graduation application. As a general rule of thumb, August graduates can anticipate receipt of their diploma by mid-October. For additional information, please see Diploma Information | University Registrar's Office.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony Questions

There will be a specific Doctoral Hooding Ceremony for 2020 doctoral graduates and 2021 candidates on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

Registration is live on Monday, April 5 at 12 p.m., and will remain open until Saturday, April 10 at 11:59 p.m.

You should have received an email from NameCoach to register for Doctoral Hooding Ceremony. If you have not, please email: commencement@uncg.edu.

Registration is mandatory to attend in-person. Students will be honored either in-person, or, for those who are unable to attend in-person, through a virtual component. Therefore, please fill out the registration form in its entirety, whether or not you plan on attending in-person or not.

Summer 2021 graduates – if you plan to walk this May, please fill out this registration form. If you plan to walk in December 2021, do not submit this form. Be advised, the names of Summer graduates only appear in the December Commencement Program.

We are exploring various options. At the very least, graduates can come in already wearing their hoods.

Graduation Requirements and Degree Questions

Diplomas are mailed to all students after the degree clearance process is complete, and are not handed out at the Commencement ceremony.

As a general rule of thumb, May graduates can anticipate receipt of their diploma by mid-July. August graduates can anticipate receipt of their diploma by mid-October.

For additional information, please see Diploma Information | University Registrar's Office.

For other questions regarding the graduation process, please contact degreeclearance@uncg.edu. Graduate students please contact grsenrol@uncg.edu.

Regalia is required to participate in Commencement.

You should come into the Bookstore to purchase your regalia at this time, the online ordering function is now turned off due to the fact that they have to ship the regalia, and want to assure that it arrives in time. We do have it in stock.

Undergraduate and master's regalia: Can be purchased as late as April 14. Visit the bookstore for more information.

Doctoral Regalia: Please be advised that doctoral regalia should be ordered as soon as possible. The deadline to rent doctoral regalia is April 26. Visit the bookstore for more information.


Registration / NameCoach FAQ

NameCoach is a vendor that is helping UNCG manage the registration process for Commencement. Many universities, including those in the UNC System, use NameCoach. They came highly recommended to UNCG.

Along with managing registration, NameCoach also provides pre-recorded names of all graduates who register to attend the ceremonies. Closer to the date of your ceremony, you will receive a QR code that you will scan as you approach the stage at Commencement. When your QR code is scanned, your name will be called. NameCoach has many talented voice actors who are trained in various languages and cultures, and can thus excel in the pronunciation of a variety of names.

NameCoach is a trusted company that is managing our registration process. If you would like to attend your ceremony in person, you must register through them. Alternatively, you may participate virtually without the need to register. After Commencement, NameCoach will destroy all of the data you submit. To learn more about NameCoach’s privacy policy, please visit this link: NameCoach Privacy Policy

Because of COVID-19 precautions, we are asking students to only participate in one ceremony, even if they may qualify to participate in multiple ceremonies. If you decide you would prefer to participate in a different ceremony than the one you were invited to register for, please contact w_tapia@uncg.edu.

Yes. You can go back and update your registration information anytime before the closing deadline. After Saturday, April 10, at 11:59 p.m., you will no longer be able to make changes to registration information.

You do not have to submit a photo. Students who choose to participate virtually will be recognized through a virtual recognition component. Photos will be used for this virtual recognition, but are completely optional. For examples of what this virtual component will look like, please visit this link: NameCoach Virtual Recognition

No. This information is optional and is being collected by the University. The question is used to collect and analyze a few statistics from our graduating classes and to help create professional development programs for our new alumni.

Yes, it is alright to not record your voice. If you opt out of doing so, voice artists that are pre-recording your name for the ceremony will make the most educated guesses on the pronunciation of your name.

Recording your voice is optional. Voice artists will make the most educated guess on the pronunciation of your name if a recording is not provided. However, if you would prefer to still have a recording and need additional assistance, please email w_tapia@uncg.edu.

You will not receive a confirmation after submitting your registration. If you perceive there were any issues with submitting your form, please contact w_tapia@uncg.edu.

Tickets will be released closer to Commencement by Ticketmaster via email to students who register to attend in-person.

Tickets to the graduation ceremony are non-transferable between graduates, guests, and between ceremonies. Please abstain from selling or giving away tickets. Guests who use tickets that do not belong to their group will be turned away.

The deadline for registering for Commencement is fixed, and exceptions will not be made. Pre-registration is mandatory. Although this quick turnaround time is not ideal, it is absolutely necessary so that we can make the proper arrangements to provide ceremonies that are as safe as possible, given the pandemic.


Faculty FAQ

University-wide Commencements (for undergraduate and master’s students)

Commencement dates and times are:
  • Class of 2021:
    • Friday, May 7, at 9 a.m.: School of Health and Human Sciences, School of Nursing, Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering, UNCG Online, Interdisciplinary Master’s, and Beyond Academics
    • Friday, May 7, at 1 p.m.: College of Visual and Performing Arts, School of Education, and Bryan School of Business and Economics
    • Friday, May 7, at 5 p.m.: College of Arts and Sciences
  • Class of 2020:
    • Saturday, May 8, at 9 a.m.: All colleges and schools (undergraduate and master’s graduates from May, August, and December 2020)
  • Classes of 2020 and 2021 doctoral graduates and candidates:
    • Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m.: Doctoral Hooding Ceremony, all colleges and schools

Units may not host their own in-person events, but may organize and host virtual events.

No. It has never been mandatory that faculty attend university-wide commencement ceremonies.

Faculty are welcome to attend Commencement. Faculty will have special seating (with appropriate social distancing) in reserved sections. However, as in past Commencements, faculty do need to register. Please RSVP by April 19.

We are streamlining this year’s ceremonies in line with COVID-19 protocols and in response to student feedback. Thus, there will be no procession and regalia is not required.

The University is covering the cost of parking. Faculty may park in general parking. Please see the Coliseum map.

We will have special seating areas for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, those with restricted mobility, and those with medical problems. Note that guests with restricted mobility should enter the Coliseum from the ground floor of the East Wing of the Special Events Center. The elevator will be clearly marked. Contact the Guest Services Manager of the Greensboro Coliseum at 336-373-7461 for more information. Please email w_tapia@uncg.edu if anyone in your party is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

Doctoral Hooding Ceremony

We will celebrate the doctoral classes of 2020 and 2021 on Saturday, May 8, at 2 p.m.

No. It has never been mandatory that faculty attend the doctoral hooding ceremony.

A committee is looking at various options and will have detailed plans in place by mid-April. These plans will be shared with faculty advisors of doctoral candidates.

Yes, if you choose to be on stage with your student (at a social distance).
No, if you choose to sit in the reserved seating area.

Faculty are welcome to attend and do not need tickets, but do need to RSVP by April 19.

We will have special seating areas for the deaf and hard-of-hearing, those with restricted mobility, and those with medical problems. Note that guests with restricted mobility should enter the Coliseum from the ground floor of the East Wing of the Special Events Center. The elevator will be clearly marked. Contact the Guest Services Manager of the Greensboro Coliseum at 336-373-7461 for more information. Please email w_tapia@uncg.edu if anyone in your party is deaf or hard-of-hearing.

The University is covering the cost of parking. Faculty may park in general parking. Please see the Coliseum map.