Commencements

Commencements

1890s

  • June 18, 1890 Closing ceremony

    Since there was no graduating class until 1893, this "closing ceremony" took the place of commencement. The speaker was Zebulon Vance, North Carolina governor and senator.

  • June 17, 1891 Closing ceremony

    The speaker was Rev. Baylus Cade, a Baptist minister.

  • June 14, 1892 Closing ceremony

    The speaker was Charles W. Dabney, member of the Watauga Club and President of the University of Tennessee.

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  • June 20, 1893 Fourth Commencement

    Nineteen students received degrees during the first true commencement ceremony. The closing ceremonies of 1890-1892 had no graduating class, but are considered commencements in the numbering system used since 1910. The speaker was Henry Watterson, editor of the Louisville Courier-Journal. The Baccalaureate sermon was given by Rev. Henry W. Battle of Petersburg, Virginia.

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  • June 20, 1894 Fifth Commencement

    The speaker was Attorney Fabius Haywood Busbee of Raleigh and the Baccalaureate sermon was given by Rev. W.S. Creasy of Charlotte.

  • June 19, 1895 Sixth Commencement

    The featured speaker was Captain Charles E. Vawter of the Manual Training School, Virginia.

  • June 10, 1896 Seventh Commencement

    The speaker was Charles D. McIver, founder and president of what is now known as the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. The Baccalaureate sermon was given by A.D. Thaeller of Salem, NC.

  • June 9, 1897 Eighth Commencement

    The speaker was Robert Crawford, President of Williamson Free School in Philadelphia, and the Baccalaureate sermon was given by Rev. Peyton Harrison Hoge, of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington, NC.

  • May 31, 1898 Ninth Commencement

    The speaker was Colonel Henry W.J. Ham, a journalist and politician from Gainesville, Georgia. The Baccalaureate sermon was given by Rev. Hartley P. Carmichael.

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  • May 30, 1899 Tenth Commencement

    The speaker was Henry Sims Hartzog, President of Clemson University (then College).

1900s

  • May 30, 1900 Eleventh Commencement

    The speaker was Ira Remsen, a professor at Johns Hopkins University and co-discoverer of the artificial sweetener saccharin.

  • May 28, 1901 Twelfth Commencement

    The speaker was Colonel Carroll Davidson Wright, a statistician and the first U.S. Commissioner of Labor.

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  • May 27, 1902 Thirteenth Commencement

    The speaker was Dr. Truman J. Backus, President of the Packer Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

  • May 26, 1903 Fourteenth Commencement

    The speaker was Walter Hines Page, a member of the Watauga Club and editor of the Forum, World's Work, and Atlantic Monthly.

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  • May 24, 1904 Fifteenth Commencement

    The speaker was William W. Kitchin, U.S. Congressman and Governor of North Carolina.

  • May 29, 1905 Sixteenth Commencement

    Orations were given by J. Rhodes Smith, Edward G. Porter Jr., James O. Morgan, Arthur T. Kenyon, and Oscar L. Bagley

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  • May 30, 1906 Seventeenth Commencement

    Orations were given by W. S. Tomlinson, J.C. Beavers, J.P. Lovill, A. E. Escott, and R.H. Tillman

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  • May 29, 1907 Eighteenth Commencement

    Orations were given by C.L. Garner of Beaufort, J.E. Turlington of Clinton and W.B. Truitt of Greensboro.

  • May 27, 1908 Nineteenth Commencement

    Orations were given by Maurice E. Glasser, Percy L. Gainey, John D. Grady, and Frank H. Brown.

  • May 25, 1909 Twentieth Commencement

    Orations were given by Thorne M. Clark, William H. Eaton, Samuel H. Neely, Robert A. Shope, and future Chancellor John W. Harrelson.

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1910s

  • May 31, 1910 21st Commencement
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  • May 29, 1911 22nd Commencement

    Orations were given by C. E. Bell, J. H. Brown, K. Bryan, and Valedictorian J. P. Quinerly.

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  • May 27, 1912 23rd Commencement

    Orations were given by S. J. Kirby, B. M. Potter, T. H. Stafford, and Valedictorian H. L. Taylor.

  • May 26, 1913 24th Commencement

    Orations were given by T. J. Hewitt, H. L. Joslyn, T.R. Parish, and Valedictorian F. S. Hales. The commencement speaker was future president Franklin D. Roosevelt, who was then Assistant Secretary of the Navy.

  • May 25, 1914 25th Commencement

    Orations were given by T. L. Bayne Jr., L. John, W. R. Patton, D. E. Robers, and Valedictorian M.R. Quinerly.

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  • May 24, 1915 26th Commencement

    Orations were given by G. L. Jeffers, A. L. Teachey, J. R. Williams, and Valedictorian F. K. Kramer.

  • May 29, 1916 27th Commencement

    Orations were given by S. G. Crater, R. V. Davis, K.L. Greenfield, and Valedictorian K. Sloan.

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  • May 28, 1917 28th Commencement

    The speaker was the Honorable Henry Morgenthau. Orations were given by A.S. Cline, R. W. McGeachy, and Valedictorian W.K. Scott.

  • May 27, 1918 29th Commencement

    The speaker was Clarence Ousley, a writer and journalist from Texas.

  • May 24, 1919 30th Commencement

    The speaker was Assistant Secretary of Agriculture G.I. Christie. S. O. Bauersfeld gave the Valedictory Address. The first honorary degree was awarded to W.F. Massey, first professor of Horticulture.

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1920s

  • May 24, 1920 31st Commencement

    Orations were given by H.D. Crockford, J. M. Henley, R. D. Pillsbury, O. Ramsaur, A. L. White Jr., S. K. Wright and Valedictorian D. B. Worth.

  • May 31, 1921 32nd Commencement

    Orations were given by E.W. Constable, J. G. Evans, D. A. Floyd, W. C. McCoy, M. P. Moss, M. L. Rhodes, and Valedictorian W.C. Eagles.

  • May 28, 1922 33rd Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Aaron Sapiro, a leader in the farmer's cooperative movement. The baccalaureate sermon was given by J.O. Atkinson. Orations were given by Rev. J. Vincent Knight (Benediction), C. F. Churchill, J.A. Glazener, W. N. Hicks, S. F. Mauney Jr., W.L. Pickens, E.C. Tatum, and E.G. Singletary (Valedictorian).

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  • May 29, 1923 34th Commencement

    The Commencement speaker was Dr. Royal S. Copeland, a senator from New York and the Commissioner of Health of New York. Dr. R.B. Peery gave the baccalaureate sermon. The Valedictorian was William Jennings, Jr.

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  • May 27, 1924 35th Commencement

    The Commencement speaker was Woodbridge Ferris, senator and governor from Michigan. He also founded various schools and colleges bearing his name.

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  • June 9, 1925 36th Commencement

    The speaker was Dr. Frank Thilly, a Philosophy Professor from Cornell University. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 7th by Dr. W. Taliaferro Thompson. Thompson Gymnasium was dedicated as part of the commencement festivities. Engineer Charles E. Waddell was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

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  • June 8, 1926 37th Commencement

    The Baccalaureate Address was given by Congressman James B. Aswell, from Louisiana. Other speakers included Governor O. Max Gardner, Dr. Edwin Mims from Vanderbilt University, and Bishop William Fraser McDowell of Washington, D.C. D.H. Hill Library (then housed in Brooks Hall) was also dedicated as part of the commencement festivities. Dr. Thomas Nelson, dean of the Textiles School, was awarded an honorary degree of Doctor of Science.

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  • June 7, 1927 38th Commencement

    The Baccalaureate Address was given by Robert Archer Cooper, former governor of South Carolina. M. Ashby Jones, pastor of Second Baptist Church of Saint Louis, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon. F.E. Plummer was valedictorian.

  • June 5, 1928 39th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Frederick M. Snyder of Johns Hopkins University. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 3rd by Rev. Abram Edward Cory, pastor of the Church of the Disciples of Christ in Kinston, N.C.

  • June 4, 1929 40th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Arthur M. Greene, Jr., the Dean of Engineering at Princeton University. Reverend Henry Covington of St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Norfolk, Virginia, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 2nd. Honorary degrees were awarded to Stuart Warren Cramer, president of Cramerton Cotton Mills, and William Dollison Faucette, chief engineer at the Seaboard Air Line Railway Company.

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  • July 18, 1929 Graduating Exercises of the Summer School

    This was the first graduation ceremony held for summer school. They did not receive numbering like spring commencements. Dr. Charles E. Brewer gave the address to the graduating class.

1930s

  • June 10, 1930 41st Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Lothrop Stoddard, an author from Brookline, Massachusetts. Dr. W. Walter Peele, from First Methodist Church in Charlotte, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 8th.

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  • July 24, 1930 Graduating Exercises of the Summer School

    The commencement address was given by Dr. Edwin McNeill Poteat, Jr. He was president of Colgate-Rochester Divinity School and later pastor of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. The invocation was given by Dr. Milton A. Barber.

  • June 9, 1931 42nd Commencement

    The commencement address was given by John J. Tigert, President of the University of Florida and Secretary of Education under President Woodrow Wilson. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 7th by Dr. Gould Wickey of the United Lutheran Churches.

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  • July 23, 1931 Graduating Exercises of the Summer School

    The commencement address was given by Dr. John H. Cook, Dean of the School of Education of the North Carolina College for Women. The invocation was given by H.A. Cox, of Saint Saviour's Church.

  • June 7, 1932 43rd Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Merle Thorpe, economist and editor of Nation's Business. The baccalaureate sermon was given by Reverend D.P. Gilmour of the First Presbyterian Church in Wilmington on June 5th. Honorary degrees were awarded to Governor O. Max Gardner, Reuben B. Robertson (president of Champion Fibre Company), and James A. Powell (president of W.S. Barstow and Company).

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  • July 27, 1932 Graduating Exercises of the Summer School

    The speaker was Dr. Robert B. Maltby of Washington, D.C. The invocation was given by Rev. J.R. Walker.

  • June 12, 1933 44th Commencement

    Frank Porter Graham, first President of the consolidated UNC System, gave the Baccalaureate Address. The Reverend William Charles McDaniel, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Richmond, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 11th.

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  • June 11, 1934 45th Commencement

    There was no formal commencement address but a series of informal talks given by Dr. Frank Porter Graham, President of the UNC Consolidated System, and Dr. E.C. Brooks, President of State College. Episcopal Bishop Edwin Penick gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 10th.

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  • June 7, 1935 46th Commencement

    A series of short talks were given by Governor J.C.B. Ehringhaus, Frank Porter Graham, and Colonel John W. Harrelson, who would later become Chancellor. Edwin Dubose Mouzon gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 6th.

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  • June 8, 1936 47th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Bennett E. Geer, President of Furman University. Dr. Edgar Gammon of Myers Park Presbyterian Church in Charlotte gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 7th. Josephus Daniels, who was Ambassador to Mexico at the time, gave an address at the General Alumni Association meeting held prior to commencement.

  • June 7, 1937 48th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Dr. Arthur E. Morgan, chairman of the Tennessee Valley Authority. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Rev. Sankey Lee Blanton of the First Baptist Church in Wilmington. Frank Porter Graham also participated in commencement exercises. Honorary degrees were awarded to chemist Wightman Wells Garner and engineer Arthur Ernest Morgan.

  • June 6, 1938 49th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was L.R. Powell, Jr. of the Seaboard Air Line Railway. Honorary degees of Doctor of Engineering were awarded to Charles Irvine Burkholder, of Duke Power, and William McKinney Piatt, consulting engineer for the city of Durham.

  • June 5, 1939 50th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Francis Pendleton Gaines, president of Washington and Lee University. The invocation was given by Reverend Lee C. Sheppard of Raleigh. Dr. John Rustin, pastor of Mount Vernon Methodist Church in Washington, D.C., gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on June 4th. Honorary Doctor of Science degrees were awarded to Stephen Cole Bruner, alumnus and chief of the Department of Plant Pathology and Entomology at the Estacion Experimental Agronomica ... More

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1940s

  • June 3, 1940 51st Commencement

    The Baccalaureate Address was given by Governor Clyde R. Hoey, who helped to found the Textiles School. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 2nd by Rev. John R. Williams of Atlanta, an alumnus of State College. An honorary Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to Charles Albert Cannon, president of the Board of Directors of Cannon Mills. Clement Leinster Garner, alumnus and geodetic engineer, was awarded an honorary Doctor of Engineering.

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  • June 9, 1941 52nd Commencement

    There was no official commencement speaker but instead a series of brief remarks given by North Carolina Governor J. Melville Broughton, Greater University President Frank Porter Graham, Dean of Administration (and later Chancellor) John W. Harrelson, and President of the Senior Class William C. Friday. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 8th by Dr. Wyatt Aiken Smart, from Emory University. Honorary degrees were awarded to Richard Thurmond Chatham, ... More

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  • May 9, 1942 53rd Commencement

    This was the first commencement held under the accelerated program, causing the exercises to be held approximately four weeks earlier than usual. Certificates, instead of diplomas, were awarded to seniors. Speakers included Governor J. Melville Broughton, the Honorable Josephus Daniels, Dr. John M. Cunningham (President of Davidson College), and R.L. McMillan, state head of the American Legion. An honorary doctor of Science was awarded to rural sociologist Carle ... More

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  • June 14, 1943 54th Commencement

    In the second wartime ceremony, 95 degrees were given to students who qualified in March, but had since left for the Army. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given on June 13 by Rev. E. McNeill Poteat, formerly pastor of Pullen Baptist Church in Raleigh. There was no official commencement speaker, but Governor J. Melville Broughton addressed the seniors. An honorary Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to Wilbert James Carter, president of Carter Fabrics Corporation. ... More

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  • May 29, 1944 55th Commencement

    Dr. Russell, Dean Emeritus of Duke's Divinity School, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on May 28th. Lieutenant Governor R.L. Harris gave the commencement address and Frank Porter Graham made closing remarks. A Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to David Clark, director of several North Carolina mills. An honorary Doctor of Engineering was awarded to Louis Valvelle Sutton, director of the Carolina Power and Light Company.

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  • May 28, 1945 56th Commencement

    The speaker was R. Gregg Cherry, Governor of North Carolina. Rev. B.R. Lacy of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Virginia gave the Baccalaureate Sermon on May 27th. An honorary Doctor of Agriculture was awarded to Dudley Warren Bagley, executive officer of the United States General Accounting Office. An honorary Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to Arthur Mills Dixon, alumnus and mayor of Gastonia, NC. An honorary Doctor of Military Science was awarded ... More

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  • June 3, 1946 57th Commencement

    The speakers were Governor R. Gregg Cherry and Greater University President Frank Porter Graham. The Baccalaureate Sermon was give on June 2nd by Dr. Daniel A. Poling, pastor of the Temple Church in Philadelphia. Honorary degrees were awarded to James Edward Millis of the Adams-Millis Corporation, Victor Arthur Rice, Dean of the Agriculture at Massachusetts State College, and Roger Williams, naval officer and industrialist.

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  • June 9, 1947 58th Commencement

    The speakers were Governor R. Gregg Cherry and Greater University President Frank Porter Graham. The Baccalaureate Sermon was delivered on June 8 by Rev. Thomas Henry Wright, the Episcopal Bishop of the Diocese of Eastern Carolina. Honorary degrees were awarded to Charles Stainback of the Westinghouse Electric Manufacturing Company, Harry H. Straus of the Escusta Paper Corporation, John Redd Hutcheson, president of Virginia Polytechnic Institute, and John ... More

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  • June 14, 1948 59th Commencement

    Lynton Tayes Ballentine, lieutenant governor of North Carolina, and Greater University President Frank Porter Graham were the principal speakers. Honorary degrees were awarded to James Morgan Sherman, of the Department of Dairy Industry at Cornell University, Franklin Warren Hobbs, industrialist and educational benefactor of Boston, Massachusetts, William Henry Sullivan, engineer and civic leader of Greensboro, NC, and Thomas Everett Browne, State Director of ... More

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  • June 12, 1949 60th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was W. Kerr Scott, Governor of North Carolina. He also received an honorary Doctor of Agriculture. Rev. Clarence E. Norman, pastor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in Raleigh, gave the invocation. An honorary Doctor of Engineering was awarded to Felix Stanton Hales, authority on rail transportation, and an honorary Doctor of Textile Science was awarded to Albert Gallatin Myers, president of Textiles-Incorporated, of Gastonia, NC.

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  • July 30, 1949 Graduating Exercises

    The speaker was Governor W. Kerr Scott. The invocation was given by Rev. C.S. McCoy, Director of the Wesley Foundation in Raleigh.

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1950s

  • June 11, 1950 61st Commencement

    Brief talks were given by Governor W. Kerr Scott, Gordon Gray, president of the Consolidated University, and Chancellor John William Harrelson. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Bishop W.W. Peele of Richmond, Virginia. This was the first commencement held in Reynolds Coliseum. Honorary degrees were awarded to Harry Reed, Dean of the School of Agriculture at Purdue University, Clyde Atkinson Erwin, State Superintendent of Public Instruction for North Carolina, ... More

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  • June 10, 1951 62nd Commencement

    The speakers were Governor W. Kerr Scott and President of the Greater University Gordon Gray. The invocation was given by Edward J. Agsten, pastor of West Raleigh Presbyterian Church. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ira Obed Schaub, director of the NC Agricultural Research Service, Clarence Poe, editor of The Progressive Farmer, Harry Parker Hammond, Dean of Engineering at Penn State College, Colin George Spencer, lumber industrialist, and Frederick Bonnet, textile scientist.

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  • June 8, 1952 63rd Commencement

    Dr. Robert Calkins, Director of the General Education Board in New York, gave the Baccalaureate Address. Governor W. Kerr Scott and Greater University President Gordon Gray also made remarks. Dr. Harold Tribble, President of Wake Forest College, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon. Honorary degrees were awarded to Judge Junius Greene Adams, president of the Biltmore Company of Asheville, Luther Wilson Greene, chemical engineer at the Army Chemical Center in Maryland, ... More

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  • June 7, 1953 64th Commencement

    The principal speakers were North Carolina Governor William B. Umstead and President of the Consolidated University Gordon Gray. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Henry I. Loutit, Episcopal Bishop of Southern Florida. Honorary degrees were awarded to Lynton Yates Ballentine, commissioner of Agriculture for North Carolina, Walter Gropius, architect in the Bauhaus style, John Warren Smith, Assistant State Director of Vocational Education in North Carolina, ... More

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  • June 6, 1954 65th Commencement

    The speakers were Governor William B. Umstead and President of the Consolidated University Gordon Gray. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Dr. James Sprunt, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Raleigh. Honorary degrees were awarded to John William Turrentine, president emeritus of the American Potash Institute, architect R. Buckminster Fuller, Colonel John William Harrelson, chancellor of NC State (then State College), James Thomas Ryan, industrialist of ... More

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  • May 29, 1955 66th Commencement

    Remarks to the graduating class were given by Thomas M. Lynam, President of the Class of 1955, Gordon Gray, President of the Consolidated University, and Luther H. Hodges, Governor of North Carolina, who also received an honorary degree. Rev. Gaylord B. Noyce gave the Baccalaureate Sermon. Honorary degrees were also awarded to James Harold Hilton, former dean of the School of Agriculture, Victor Silas Bryant, state representative from Durham, Edward Eastman ... More

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  • May 27, 1956 67th Commencement

    Remarks to the graduating class were given by William B. Dozier, President of the Class of 1956, William C. Friday, President of the Consolidated University, and Luther B. Hodges, Governor of North Carolina. Dr. Liston Pope, dean of Yale's Divinity School, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon. Honorary degrees were awarded to James Harold Lineberger, textile industrialist, George Waddell Snedecor, president of the American Statistical Association, Bauhuas architect ... More

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  • May 26, 1957 68th Commencement

    Remarks to the graduating class were given by Class President Roger Post Hill and President of the Consolidated University William Friday. Honorary degrees were awarded to Leroy Brothers, Thomas Dolliver Church, Harold Dunbar Cooley, Wilson Durward Leggett, Jr., and Clifford Willard Tilson.

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  • June 1, 1958 69th Commencement

    Remarks to the graduating class were given by President of the Consolidated University William Friday and Class President James M. Peden, Jr. Future governor Jim Hunt (then President of Student Government) also participated in the ceremony. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Dr. James T. Cleland, Dean of the Chapel at Duke University. Honorary degrees were awarded to Halbert McNair Jones, William Gardner van Note, and Conrad Louis Wirth.

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  • January 26, 1959 Exercises of Graduation

    Remarks to the graduating class were given by President of the Consolidated University William Friday and Class President Arron W.E. Capel, II.

  • May 24, 1959 70th Commencement

    Remarks to the graduating class were made by President of the Consolidated University William Friday and Class President Arron W.E. Capel, II. Dr. Carlyle Marney, minister of Myers Park Baptist Church in Charlotte, gave the Baccalaureate Sermon. Honorary degrees were awarded to agricultural scientist Willard Holden Darst, Henry Burton Robinson, director of Carolina Power and Light Company, and silviculturist Francis Xavier Schumacher

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1960s

  • May 29, 1960 71st Commencement

    Informal remarks were given by Governor Luther Hodges, President of the Consolidated University William Friday, and Class President John Phillips Carlton. The Baccalaureate Sermon was given by Rev. Theodore O. Wedel, canon of Washington Cathedral. Honorary degrees were awarded to William Dunford Appel, Jonathan Worth Daniels, Granville Moorman Read, Oliver Reagan Rowe, Burrhus Frederic Skinner, and Thomas Benton Upchurch.

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  • May 27, 1961 72nd Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. George Wells Beadle, a Nobel prize winner and chancellor of the University of Chicago. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by Consolidated University President William Friday and North Carolina Governor Terry Sanford. Honorary degrees were awarded to John Columbus Cowan, president of Burlington Industries, Frederick Carlton Gardner, president of EBASCO Services Inc., forestry expert Irvine Theodore Haig, agricultural ... More

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  • June 2, 1962 73rd Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Julius A. Stratton, president of MIT. Governor Terry Sanford and Consolidated University President William Friday also gave remarks to the graduating class. Honorary degrees were awarded to Laurence Hasbrouck Snyder, Raymond Albert Wheeler, Sterling Brown Hendricks, and Lennox Polk McLendon.

  • June 1, 1963 74th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was David E. Bell, director of the Agency for International Development at the U.S. State Department. Consolidated University President William Friday, Governor Terry Sanford, and Chancellor John Caldwell also gave remarks to the graduating class. Honorary degrees were awarded to George McMillan Darrow, Terry Sanford, Eli Sternberg, and Bertram Whittier Wells.

  • May 29, 1964 75th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Clifford M. Hardin, Chancellor of the University of Nebraska. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by Governor Terry Sanford and University of North Carolina President William Friday. Honorary degrees were awarded to Henry Armfield Foscue, William Dallas Herring, Louis Isadore Kahn, Lillian Parker Wallace, and David Stathem Weaver.

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  • May 29, 1965 76th Commencement

    Chancellor John T. Caldwell gave the commencement address. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday and Governor Dan K. Moore. Honorary degrees were awarded to Leonard David Baver, Charles Francis Goldthwait, John Harold Lampe, and Jasper Leonidas Stuckey.

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  • May 28, 1966 77th Commencement

    Chancellor John T. Caldwell gave the commencement address. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday and Governor Dan K. Moore. Honorary degrees were awarded to James Gordon Hanes, Jr., James Herbert Jensen, Rudolph Ivey Mintz, Charles Scott Mitchell, and Frances Gray Patton.

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  • May 27, 1967 78th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Chancellor John T. Caldwell. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday and Governor Dan K. Moore. Honorary degrees were awarded to David Stanton Coltrane, Verne Lester Harper, George Richard Herbert, Joseph Grant Knapp, and Francis Peter Worsley Winteringham.

  • May 25, 1968 79th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Chancellor John Tyler Caldwell. President of the UNC System William Friday and Governor Dan K. Moore also gave remarks to the graduating class. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ralph Waldo Cummings, George Maurice Hill, Willis King, and Nello Leguy Teer, Jr.

  • May 31, 1969 80th Commencement

    Mark O. Hatfield, senator from Oregon, gave the commencement address. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday and Governor Robert W. Scott.

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1970s

  • May 30, 1970 81st Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. John A. Hannah, administrator for the Agency for International Development and previously president of Michigan State University. UNC President William Friday and Governor Robert W. Scott also gave remarks to the graduating class.

  • May 15, 1971 82nd Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Chancellor John T. Caldwell. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday.

  • May 13, 1972 83rd Commencement

    The commencement speaker was William D. Ruckelshaus, the first Environmental Protection Agency administrator. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday. An honorary Doctor of Science was awarded to agronomy professor Gordon Kennedy Middleton.

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  • May 12, 1973 84th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Chancellor John T. Caldwell. UNC President William Friday also gave remarks to the graduating class.

  • May 11, 1974 85th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Chancellor John T. Caldwell. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday.

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  • May 17, 1975 86th Commencement

    Chancellor John T. Caldwell gave the commencement address. UNC President William Friday also gave remarks to the graduating class. An Honorary Degree of Doctor of Laws was awarded to Chancellor Caldwell in advance of his retirement.

  • May 15, 1976 87th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by the Honorable Sam J. Ervin, Jr., U.S. Senator from North Carolina. Remarks to the graduating class were also given by UNC President William Friday.

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  • May 14, 1977 88th Commencement

    Governor Jim Hunt gave the commencement address. Calvin Cunningham gave an address to his fellow graduates, and UNC President William Friday also gave remarks.

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  • May 13, 1978 89th Commencement

    Roy H. Park, alumnus and founder of Park Communications, Inc., gave the commencement address. Paul William Saxe gave the Fellow Graduates address and UNC President William Friday also made remarks.

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  • May 12, 1979 90th Commencement

    Dr. E.T. York, Jr., Chancellor of the State University System of Florida, gave the commencement address. Derek Carl Meyer gave the Address to Fellow Graduates, and UNC President William Friday also gave remarks. An honorary Doctor of Humanities was awarded to Lodwick Charles Hartley, head of the English department for more than 30 years.

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1980s

  • May 10, 1980 91st Commencement

    Dr. William E. Davis, President of the University of New Mexico, gave the commencement address. Donna Foglia gave the Address to Fellow Graduates and UNC President William Friday also made remarks.

  • May 16, 1981 92nd Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Frank Rhodes, President of Cornell University. Terri D. Lambert gave the Address to Fellow Graduates and UNC President William Friday also made remarks.

  • May 15, 1982 93rd Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Claude Ramsey, chairman and president of Akzona Incorporated. Stacey L. Schaeffer gave the Address to Fellow Graduates and E. Walton Jones, Vice President for Research and Public Service Programs for the University of North Carolina System, gave remarks.

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  • May 14, 1983 94th Commencement

    The commencement address was given by Bill Monroe, moderator and producer of the TV show "Meet the Press." Craig Kellogg Utesch gave the Address to Fellow Graduates and UNC President William Friday also made remarks.

  • May 12, 1984 95th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Abraham Holtzman, professor of Political Science and Public Administration at NC State. UNC President William Friday also gave remarks. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to agricultural economist Theodore William Schultz

  • May 11, 1985 96th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Leo Bustad, dean emeritus of the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. Honorary degrees were awarded to Harwell Hamilton Harris and Dr. Samuel D. Proctor. UNC president William Friday also gave remarks to the graduating class.

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  • May 10, 1986 97th Commencement

    William Friday, president emeritus of the University of North Carolina System, gave the commencement address. A. Jay Everette gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree was awarded to Philip Smith, executive officer of the National Academy of Sciences and former presidential science advisor.

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  • May 9, 1987 98th Commencement (Centennial Commencement)

    For the Centennial Commencement, Chancellor Bruce Poulton gave the commencement address. Former chancellors Bostian, Caldwell, and Thomas also attended the first commencement held in Carter-Finley Stadium. Samuel Spilman gave the Address to Fellow Graduates.

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  • May 7, 1988 99th Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Edwin Newman, a former news anchor for NBC. Laura G. Lunsford gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to professor of English Richard G. Walser.

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  • May 6, 1989 100th Commencement

    Governor James G. Martin gave the commencement address and Mr. Wiley Jones Loflin gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An Honorary Doctor of Science was awarded to Gertrude Elion, a Burroughs Wellcome Co. researcher who won the 1988 Nobel Prize in Medicine and Physiology.

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1990s

  • May 12, 1990 101st Commencement

    The first female commencement speaker was poet and author Maya Angelou. UNC President C.D. Spangler also made remarks. Timothy Van Cooke gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. During the ceremony, a Cessna airplane flew over Carter-Finley Stadium with a "Fire Monteith" banner, protesting the recent appointment of Larry Monteith as chancellor. This is the last numbered commencement.

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  • December 19, 1990 First Fall Graduation Exercises

    In 1990, the university instituted a fall commencement in addition to the spring ceremony. The speaker was Chancellor Larry Monteith. Lora Ann Long gave the Address to Fellow Graduates.

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  • May 11, 1991 Spring Commencement

    Beginning in 1991, the commencement numbering is dropped from the programs. From then on, there are Spring Commencements and Fall Graduation Exercises. The commencement speaker was former UNC System president William Friday. Graham Boyd gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to William Friday and Nyle C. Brady.

  • December 18, 1991 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was General Maxwell R. Thurman, an NC State alumnus. The Address to Fellow Graduates was given by David Carlone.

  • May 9, 1992 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Chancellor Emeritus John Caldwell. UNC System president C.D. Spangler, Jr. and Board of Governors chairman Samuel Poole also made remarks. Dain E. Vines gave the Address to Fellow Graduates.

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  • December 16, 1992 Fall Graduation Exercises

    Dr. John Hope Franklin, James B. Duke Professor of History Emeritus at Duke University, gave the address. Michael V. Carlone gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree of Doctor of Agriculture was awarded to Eugene Butler.

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  • May 8, 1993 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Governor James B. Hunt. UNC System president C.D. Spangler, Jr. also made remarks. Patricia Shutt gave the Address to Fellow Graduates and an honorary degree of Doctor of Sciences was awarded to Dr. G. Wallace Giles.

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  • December 22, 1993 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Dr. Ernest L. Boyer, president of the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Cynthia Zuckerman gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to Dr. Ernest Boyer.

  • May 14, 1994 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Elizabeth Dole. She was president of the American Red Cross at the time and later became a U.S. senator. Jacob A. Brown gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. John Hope Franklin and Frank Hawkins Kenan.

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  • December 21, 1994 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Dr. Albert Carnesale, acting president and provost of Harvard University. David C. Rouzer gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. Benjamin S. Carson (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Mr. Edward E. Hood (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • May 13, 1995 Spring Commencement

    Dr. E. Gordon Gee, president of Ohio State University, gave the commencement address. Eddie Lee Goins gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. William Brantley Aycock (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Gen. Maxwell Reid Thurman (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • December 20, 1995 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was the Honorable Burley B. Mitchell, Jr., Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court. Megan Elizabeth Jones gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. Raymond H. Dawson (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Burley B. Mitchell, Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters). Tribute was paid to former chancellor John Caldwell, who passed away in October of 1995.

  • May 11, 1996 Spring Commencement

    Fred McFeely Rogers (of the TV program "Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood") gave the commencement address. Andrew Michael Crocker gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree was awarded to Fred Rogers (Doctor of Humane Letters).

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  • December 18, 1996 Fall Graduation Exercises

    Dr. Jerry Punch, doctor, television sports reporter, and NC State alumnus, gave the commencement address. Ms. Ghazale Sharifi-Mehr gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree was awarded to Dr. Prezell Russell Robinson.

  • May 10, 1997 Spring Commencement

    The Honorable J.D. Hayworth, U.S. congressman from Arizona, gave the commencement address. Ms. Detria Lakeem Renee Stowe gave the Address to Fellow Graduates.

  • December 17, 1997 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Dr. Marcus Martin, professor and chairman of emergency medicine at the University of Virginia. Dr. Martin is also an NC State alumnus and founding member of the NC State Board of Visitors. Tammy Dawn Hayes gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. Albert Carnesale and Dr. Ben Rankin Morris.

  • May 16, 1998 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was General Henry Hugh Shelton, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Patricia Festin gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. General Shelton also received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. An honorary Doctor of Humane Letters was awarded to Edgar S. Woolard, Jr., CEO of DuPont.

  • December 16, 1998 Fall Graduation Exercises

    Benjamin S. Ruffin, Chairman of the Board of Governors, gave the address. Bernal E. Hall, Jr. gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to former chancellor Joab Langston Thomas (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Dr. Nicolaas Bloembergen (Doctor of Sciences).

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  • May 15, 1999 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Senator John Edwards, an NC State alumnus. Ray Starling gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to author Kaye Gibbons and Katharine Stinson, the first woman to graduate with an engineering degree from North Caroline State University.

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  • December 15, 1999 Fall Graduation Exercises

    This was the first ceremony held in the Entertainment and Sports Arena (later PNC Arena). The speaker was Gerald J. Butters, president of Lucent Technologies' Optical Networking Group. Lucent had recently announced that they would build an optical networking and development facility on Centennial Campus. Lori Denise Wagoner gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree was awarded to Dr. John Thomas Biggers.

2000s

  • May 20, 2000 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was the Honorable Donna Shalala, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Luke Perry gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Donna Shalala and the Reverend Billy Graham.

  • December 20, 2000 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was the Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh, president emeritus of the University of Notre Dame. Sandra Thomason gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Mr. Ray Anderson, Dr. F. Albert Cotton, Dr. Peter C. Doherty, the Reverend Theodore M. Hesburgh, Hon. Hipolito Mejia, and Mr. Vernon Owens.

  • May 19, 2001 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Harm de Blij, a geographer for both ABC and NBC. Henry Ward gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dr. de Blij, Dr. Jane E. Henney, Ms. Ruby Vann Crumpler McSwain, Dr. T. Ming Chu, Dr. Walter M. Fitch, and Dr. Neal F. Lane.

  • December 19, 2001 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Hon. James B. Hunt, Jr., former Governor of North Carolina. Teresa Murchie gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Robert H. Buckman, Alan T. Dickson, Charles E. Hammer, James B. Hunt Jr., Larry K. Monteith, and Douglas M. Orr.

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  • May 18, 2002 Spring Commencement

    Mr. William James Raspberry, Washington Post Pulitzer prize-winning columnist, gave the commencement address. Jason Grissom gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to James P. Comer, James J. Duderstadt, Lee Smith, Charles M. Vest, and William J. Raspberry.

  • December 18, 2002 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Dr. James H. Goodnight, CEO and founder of the SAS Institute. Caitlyn Boon gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to James H. Goodnight and Thomas Karl.

  • May 17, 2003 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Emmy and Peabody-award winning TV host Phil Donahue. Elizabeth Rose Gutierrez gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ken Burns, William G. Hill, E. Carroll Joyner, and Cyma Rubin.

  • December 17, 2003 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was Dr. Shirley Ann Jackson, president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She was also the first African American woman to receive a doctorate from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the first African American woman to become chair of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission. The Address to Fellow Graduates was given by John Victor O'Janpa. Honorary degrees were awarded to Shirley Jackson, Dan K. McNeill, John P. Sall, and E. Travis York.

  • May 15, 2004 Spring Commencement

    Lieutenant General Dan K. McNeill gave the commencement address. General McNeill was a commanding officer of military forces in Afghanistan. Lauren Welch gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Eva Clayton (Doctor of Humane Letters), Harvey Littleton (Doctor of Fine Arts) and Steve Wozniak (Doctor of Sciences).

  • December 15, 2004 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was R. Scott Wallinger, retired senior vice president of MeadWestvaco corporation. Nathaniel Charles Horner gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Scott Wallinger, Richard E. Benedick, and Robert Ward.

  • May 14, 2005 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, president of Bennett College in Greensboro. She was the first African American to serve as chair of the board of the United Way. Anna Edens gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Richard Meier (Doctor of Fine Arts), Patrick Moore (Doctor of Sciences), and Johnnetta Cole (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • December 14, 2005 Fall Graduation Exercises

    The speaker was William R. McNeal, superintendent of Wake County Public Schools. Austin Leigh Duncan gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Dean Kamen (Doctor of Sciences), W. Duke Kimbrell (Doctor of Humane Letters), Hugh Morton (Doctor of Humane Letters), and William R. McNeal (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • May 13, 2006 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Ralph J. Cicerone, president of the National Academy of Sciences. Jared P. Milrad gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to David Effron (Doctor of Fine Arts), J. Stuart Hunter (Doctor of Sciences), Daniel L. McFadden (Doctor of Sciences), John Ruffin (Doctor of Sciences), George S. Tolley (Doctor of Sciences), and Ralph J. Cicerone (Doctor of Sciences).

  • December 20, 2006 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was the Honorable Bonnie McElveen-Hunter, Chairman of the American Red Cross and CEO of Pace Communications. Benton William Langley gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Roscoe R. Braham, Jr. (Doctor of Sciences), Lynn Margulis (Doctor of Sciences), Roger Milliken (Doctor of Sciences), Rex M. Nettleford (Doctor of Fine Arts), and Bonnie McElveen-Hunter (Doctor of Humane Letters).

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  • May 12, 2007 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Dr. Kenneth Olden, head of the Metastasis Section at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and visiting professor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Ronald Johnson gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Eduardo Catalano (Doctor of Fine Arts), Roger Milliken (Doctor of Sciences), and Kenneth Olden (Doctor of Sciences).

  • December 19, 2007 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was Mr. Billy Ray Hall, founding president of the North Carolina Rural Economic Development Center. He also served four different North Carolina governors in various policy positions. Michelle Pine gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to David H. Blackwell (Doctor of Sciences), Walter Royal Davis (Doctor of Humane Letters), Arlinda Locklear (Doctor of Humane Letters), Arthur Tab Williams Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters), ... More

  • May 10, 2008 Spring Commencement

    Erskine B. Bowles, University of North Carolina System president, gave the commencement address. Christina Johnson gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Pat Mora (Doctor of Humane Letters), Richard G. Robb (Doctor of Humane Letters), and C.D. Spangler Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters).

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  • December 17, 2008 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was William ("Bill") L. Cowher, NC State alumnus and former Super Bowl-winning coach of the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Address to Fellow Graduates was given by James E.O. Hankins II. Honorary degrees were awarded to Freeman A. Hrabowski III (Doctor of Sciences) and Carl E. Wieman (Doctor of Sciences).

  • May 9, 2009 Spring Commencement

    Dr. John Seely Brown, co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for Edge Innovation, gave the commencement address. He previously was chief scientist of Xerox Corporation. John C. Mickey, Jr. gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Sarita E. Brown (Doctor of Humane Letters), Wayne A. Fuller (Doctor of Sciences), and John Seely Brown (Doctor of Sciences).

  • December 19, 2009 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was Rajendra K. Pachauri, a world leader in the study of climate change. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize while Pachauri was chairman. Emma Norton gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Jack Ward Thomas (Doctor of Sciences), G. Smedes York (Doctor of Humane letters), and Rajendra K. Pachauri (Doctor of Sciences).

2010s

  • May 15, 2010 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Charles P. Rose, host of the Charlie Rose Show. Lianne Gonsalves gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to I. King Jordon (Doctor of Humane Letters), William Julius Wilson (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Charles P. Rose, Jr. (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • December 18, 2010 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was General Raymond T. Odierno, commander of the United States Joint Forces Command in Norfolk, Virginia. He was also commanding general of the Multi-National Force in Iraq from 2008 to 2010. Heidi Sullivan gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Deanna Bowling Marcum (Doctor of Humane letters), Raymond T. Odierno (Doctor of Humane letters), and Richard Sapper (Doctor of Fine Arts).

  • May 14, 2011 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was James E. Rogers, president and CEO of Duke Energy. Kimberley Spence gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Robert Weiss (Doctor of Fine Arts) and James E. Rogers (Doctor of Humane Letters).

  • December 17, 2011 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Nobel laureate for his work on climate change. He was also director-general of The Energy and Resources Institute. Lindsey Pullum gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Ray A. Buchanan (Doctor of Humane Letters Degree), Robert G. Stanton (Doctor of Sciences Degree), and Rajendra K. Pachauri (Doctor of Sciences Degree).

  • May 12, 2012 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Philip Rivers, quarterback for the San Diego Chargers and NC State alumnus. He broke many records during his four years as quarterback at NC State. Jason Cooper gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Robert B. Jordan III (Doctor of Sciences) and David H. Murdock (Doctor of Sciences).

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  • December 15, 2012 Fall Graduation

    The commencement speaker was Dickson B. "Doc" Hendley, founder and president of "Wine to Water," a non-profit organization aimed at providing clean water to those in need. Garik Sadovy gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. An honorary degree was awarded to Dr. James H. Woodward (Doctor of Sciences).

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  • May 11, 2013 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Philip G. Freelon, NC State alumnus and founder, and president of the Freelon Group, an award-winning architectural firm that specializes in higher education, science and technology, and cultural institution projects. Jessica Ekstrom gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Indra K. Nooyi (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Michael Wingfield (Doctor of Sciences).

  • December 18, 2013 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was NC State Chancellor Randolph "Randy" Woodson. Ryan Lawrence Coble gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Anthony Badger (Doctor of Humane Letters) and Hayden White (Doctor of Humane Letters).

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  • May 10, 2014 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was David S. Ferriero, 10th Archivist of the United States. Nasser Alexander Koucheki gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Thomas H. Sayre (Doctor of Fine Arts) and David S. Ferriero (Doctor of Human Letters).

  • December 18, 2014 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was Vivian Howard, owner of "Chef & the Farmer" restaurant in Kinston, NC and star of the PBS reality show "A Chef's Life." The Address to Fellow Graduates was given by Bethaney Lewis. An honorary degree was awarded to Dr. George Whitesides.

  • May 9, 2015 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was France A. Cordova, Director of the National Science Foundation and president emerita of Purdue University. Lela Johnston gave the Address to Fellow Graduates. Honorary degrees were awarded to Brigadier General Clara L. Adams-Ender and Dr. Betsy Bennett.

  • December 18, 2015 Fall Graduation

    The commencement speaker was Karl Eikenberry, former U.S. Ambassador to Afghanistan and director of Stanford University’s U.S.-Asia Security Initiative. Honorary degrees were awarded to Eikenberry and Dr. Pedro Sanchez, director of the Agriculture and Food Security Center at Columbia University’s Earth Institute.

  • May 8, 2016 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Admiral Michelle Howard of the U.S. Navy, the first African-American woman to become a four star admiral. Honorary degrees were awarded to Admiral Howard; anthropologist Jean Schensul, founding director and senior scientist with the Institute for Community Research; and Lawrence J. Wheeler, director of the North Carolina Museum of Art.

  • December 16, 2016 Fall Graduation

    The speaker was UNC System President Margaret Spellings. Spellings served as U.S. Secretary of Education from 2005 to 2009. Dr. Mildred Dresselhaus, professor emerita at MIT, received an honorary Doctor of Sciences.

  • May 13, 2017 Spring Commencement

    The commencement speaker was Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane. Dr. David Christian, director of the Big History Institute, received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters. Architect Philip G. Freelon received an honorary Doctor of Fine Arts. Freelon was lead architect for the National Museum of African American History and Culture on the National Mall. The student commencement speaker was Yasmine Connor.