Commencement 2018

Saturday, May 05, 2018

Queens University of Charlotte
1900 Selwyn Ave
Charlotte, NC 28274

Saturday, May 5, 2018, at 9 a.m. 
Hall Brown Terrace, Queens University of Charlotte

All students who have completed academic requirements for their degree program are expected to participate in the commencement ceremony. Any graduate who is not able to attend his or her commencement ceremony must notify the Registrar's Office by April 15.

If you plan to attend or participate in commencement this year, use #QUGrad18 and include @QueensUniv when posting to Twitter or Instagram so we may share your tweets and posts. 

Live Stream

For those unable to attend commencement, the ceremony will be broadcast live on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter and the commencement video will be archived on YouTube.

Schedule of Events

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Thursday, May 3, 2018

6:00 p.m. Commencement Ceremony Rehearsal: Check in at Levine Center, lower-level concourse. The group will process to Hall Brown Terrace for the rehearsal. You do not need to wear your cap and gown.

Friday, May 4, 2018

10:00 a.m. Presbyterian School of Nursing Blessing of the Hands and Pinning and Awards Ceremony; Belk Chapel
2:00 p.m. College of Arts and Sciences and Cato School of Education Awards Ceremony; Ketner Auditorium
4:00 p.m. Baccalaureate; Sanctuary, Myers Park Baptist Church. Line up in Heaton Hall at
3:30 p.m. Graduates are encouraged to invite friends and family to join them for this special service.
5:00 p.m. Cocktail Reception; Burwell Lawn. All graduates and their families are invited to this reception honoring the Class of 2018. Rain location: Levine Center lobby.

Saturday, May 5, 2018

8:30 a.m. Group Photo and Ceremony Processional Line-Up; Levine Center, lower-level concourse.
9:00 a.m. Commencement; Hall Brown Terrace at Burwell Hall. 

*There are no assigned seats, and there should be room for all guests who wish to attend the outdoor ceremony. The seating area will open at 7:30 a.m.
*Diplomas may be picked up in the Trexler Student Center for one hour following the ceremony. Please bring a photo ID. 

Ceremony Venue

The ceremony venue is Hall Brown Terrace.  The seating area for guests opens at 7:30 a.m. and is first come, first served, but there should be ample seating for all who choose to attend the ceremony. The venue map details locations of restrooms, the EMS station, refreshments, and other key areas with which you may want to become familiar.  Note that Hayes Residence Hall will provide a private space for nursing mothers or parents who may need a diaper-changing space for their children.  Rex's Lair in the Hall Brown Overcash Residence Hall will also be available as a "Family Friendly Zone" for small children who may need a break from the ceremony. Children must be accompanied and supervised by parents at all times.

There is no smoking (including e-cigs, vapes, etc.) on Hall Brown Terrace. No pets are allowed.

In case of sudden rain or lightning, please seek shelter in one of the following locations: Everett Library, Belk Chapel, the Levine Center for Health and Wellness, and the Fine Arts Center.

In Case of Rain

The ceremony will be held outdoors, rain or shine, unless there is severe inclement weather. If weather conditions do not permit an outdoor ceremony, graduation exercises will be held in the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. A limited number of rain tickets will be given to each graduate at rehearsal. Overflow seating with a closed circuit monitor will also be available for those who do not have rain tickets. The ceremony will also be broadcast live via YouTube.

Graduates with Special Needs
Graduates who need accommodations for ceremony participation should contact Cort Schneider, Director of Student Accessibility Services, at 704-337-2508, or schneiderc@queens.edu, before April 24.

Cap & Gown

Academic Regalia
Caps and gowns should be ordered online at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu before March 12 and will be available for pickup in the Bookstore beginning April 20. Graduates will not be permitted to participate in their Commencement ceremony or Baccalaureate without a cap and gown. Please contact the Student Bookstore with any questions at 704-337-2413. Underneath the cap and gown, women should wear a dress, skirt or nice slacks, and men should wear dark trousers. Dark shoes are appropriate for all. Large earrings are not allowed and no corsages should be pinned to the gown. Queens requires that all graduates be dressed appropriately in order to participate in Commencement exercises.

Stoles, Cords and Caps
Queens values both the academic and extracurricular accomplishments of our students and will allow regalia that is representative of both academic and nonacademic endeavors if they are part of a national organization that offers cords and stoles for sale to students. For example, athletics is part of the NCAA, which supports the representation of athletics through specific cords, and the Black Student Association also is part of a national organization that is represented with a certain stole at many colleges and universities. Greek Life, as well, offers cords to sororities and fraternities, nationally and internationally. Homemade, nonrecognized apparel is not permitted. No part of the regalia should be distracting or disrespectful to the occasion. That includes caps if the decoration is not distracting or disrespectful, it will be allowed within reason. Decoration of caps should not be three dimensional. Students will be responsible for the purchase of their own nonacademic cords and stoles.

Hoods for Graduate Students
Graduates earning master's degrees will be hooded on stage as part of the ceremony. Please note that hoods will be included as part of your regalia package that you will order online and pick up at the Bookstore. You will carry the hood over your arm during the commencement processional.

Graduation Announcements
Graduation announcements may be ordered online from Herff Jones at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu.

Graduation Photos
As each graduate is handed his or her diploma cover on stage, a professional photographer will take a photo. A free color proof will be mailed to your current mailing address, including a password for online viewing. You are under no obligation to purchase prints. To receive an email notification the moment your photos are online, please visit www.photospecialties.com to preregister.

If you do not receive a proof within a week of the ceremony, please contact info@photospecialties.com or call 1800-722-7033.

Class Ring
You may order your class ring online at www.herffjones.com/college/queensu or by completing an order form at the Student Bookstore.

Guest & Visitor Information

Guests with Special Needs
A drop-off point for guests will mobility impairments will be located in the Evans Clock Tower lot off of Radcliffe Avenue.

An interpreter will be available at all ceremonies, and seats will be reserved in close proximity for guests who are hearing impaired. Please note that we do not provide wheelchairs for guests, but they may be rented through First Choice Medical Equipment and Supplies. Weekly rentals are $50.

Driving Directions
Please see our list of driving directions for information on how to get to campus.

To ensure guests have adequate parking for the ceremony, we supplement on-campus parking with several nearby parking lots and shuttles will be provided to transport guests to/from the campus. To facilitate this process, all guests are required to preregister for parking (parking registration closed on May 2 at 8 a.m.). Graduates will have reserved parking in the Byrum Parking Deck and will be provided with a parking pass at rehearsal.

Please call Campus Police at 704-337-2481 or email parking@queens.edu if you have any questions.

* Campus Parking Lot Map
* Off-campus Parking Lot Map

Host Hotels
Queens University of Charlotte has partnered with five first-class hotels in the Charlotte area to be the preferred host hotels of the Royals. Be sure to lodge at one of five hotels to receive a special Queens rate while staying in town. It is important to mention Queens when making a reservation.

Book a Room at a Host Hotel

You are encouraged to make reservations early, as that weekend is typically a busy one in Charlotte.

Tickets are not required for any Commencement ceremony unless weather does not permit an outdoor ceremony. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held indoors at the Levine Center for Wellness and Recreation. Seating is not assigned and is on a first-come, first-served basis for those with tickets. Ample overflow seating with a closed circuit monitor will available on campus for all others who do not have a rain ticket.

Rain tickets will be issued to each graduate at rehearsal. The number of rain tickets given to each student is based on the total number of graduates who will be participating in the ceremony. Since this exact number will not be known until the week of Commencement, we cannot guarantee how many tickets each student will receive. 

Commencement Contacts

Ginger Marr, Commencement Coordinator
Commencement Office
1900 Selwyn Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28274

Amanda Bennett, Assistant Registrar

Blair College of Health and Presbyterian School
of Nursing
Tara Matchulat, Administrative Assistant

Cato School of Education
Cynthia Crenshaw, Licensure Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
Shannon Bray, Administrative Assistant

Knight School of Communication
Kim Taylor, Administrative Assistant

McColl School of Business
Pam Reid, Office Manager, MSB
Student Accessibility Services
Cort Schneider, Director

Student Bookstore
Kathy Devlin, Manager

Student Financial Services

Herff Jones
For regalia, announcements and class rings:
Photo Specialties

Frequently Asked Questions

Have some questions? Check out our FAQ file to see if we've got your inquiry covered.

Commencement 2017 Photos

Congratulations to our 2017 graduates! Check out commencement photos in our Flickr Gallery.

Saturday, May 05, 2018


Ginger Marr

Phone: 704-337-2444


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