Historically Black North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro announced that it will now hold a separate commencement ceremony for graduate students. In the past, all degrees were awarded at the same ceremony. This year, master’s and doctoral degree recipients will be honored at a separate event on the same day as the undergraduate commencement.
The new graduate degree commencement event will feature all the ceremony associated with the hooding of the graduates, a traditional academic rite in which faculty members place special regalia over each graduating student’s robe as a symbol of the culmination of their studies.
Harold L. Martin Sr., chancellor of North Carolina A&T State University, stated that “North Carolina A&T’s growth as a land-grant, doctoral, higher research activity university is inspired by graduate education as a major component of our success. We believe the time is right to offer special recognition to the growing number of masters and doctoral students who complete studies and research that help to make us a global leader in higher education.”
North Carolina A&T State University currently offers nine doctoral degree programs with 11 different concentrations and 29 master’s programs with 46 concentrations. For the 2016-17 school year, 1,509 students are enrolled in those programs.