The Graduate School confers degrees after each term (Spring, Summer, and Fall). Commencement at Charlotte is held twice annually, once in May and once in December. Summer graduates participate in the December ceremonies.  

Students participating in Commencement events must have successfully completed all degree requirements and submitted all required forms by the published University deadlines found in the Academic Calendar.  Please note that master's diplomas and graduate certificates are not distributed at Commencement but instead mailed out 6-8 weeks after the ceremony. All graduates should verify their current email and mailing address through

  • For questions regarding tickets, please contact The Graduate School does not distribute tickets.
  • Detailed instructions on the line-up, procession, and ceremony logistics will be emailed to all students who applied to graduate. Please watch your inbox and read these communications carefully! 
  • Graduate caps and gowns (regalia) are available at the Campus Bookstore several weeks prior to Commencement. For questions regarding regalia, please contact Adrienne Davis  (, 704-687-7070). The Graduate School does not distribute Commencement regalia.
  • Information regarding tickets, ADA guest access, lodging, parking, and more can be found at You should also watch your inbox for communications regarding Commencement logistics.