Commencement 2021

Face masks will be required at the commencement ceremony with no exceptions.

Commencement Information

Graduates Arrival

Graduates should arrive dressed in their regalia no later than 9:00 AM in order to check-in and be organized into the processional. Graduates arriving after 9:45 will not be able to walk in the processional. Remember to bring your regalia!

In lieu of reheresal, find instructions linked below.

Graduate Instructions

Guest Arrival

Gates open at 9:15 AM. If you have already received a ticket you will proceed through the gates. If not, you will need to check in at the ticket counter. Guests not included on the RSVP list will not be admitted into the stadium. Business casual attire is recommended. If you are coming from a distance, Winston-Salem has several nearby hotels.

If you would like to tour the CU campus, we have two group tours available on Friday, April 23rd at 11am and 1:30pm.

Sign Up for a Tour

Guest Tickets

Guest tickets may be obtained through Eventbrite. The ticket may be downloaded as a PDF to your phone or printed on paper prior to commencement. If acquired in advance you may enter the stadium once the gates open. If you are unable to receive your ticket in advance of the commencement ceremony you may obtain your entry ticket at the will call area of the stadium. Guests not included on the RSVP list will not be admitted into the stadium.

Parking Information

Truist Stadium will have parking attendants to direct you. If the Truist Stadium parking lot is full, guests are welcome to park at Carolina University’s main campus and walk up Green Street using the pedestrian bridge to enter Truist Stadium (7 minute walk).

Handicap Accessibility

Truist Stadium is handicap accessible and ushers are able to point you to the locations in the stadium. 


The commencement ceremony will be livestreamed. The link will be provided on this page closer to the actual date of the ceremony.


Truist Stadium
951 Ballpark Way
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Date & Time

April 24th, 2021
Ceremony Starts: 10:00 AM
Gates Open for Guests: 9:15 AM
Graduates Arrive: no later than 9:00 AM

Commencement Day Map

Graduates and their friends and families should enter the stadium parking from Broad St.


All graduates must have successfully completed graduation requirements before the prescribed program deadlines to participate in the commencement ceremony.

Participation in the commencement ceremony requires the purchase of regalia from our contracted vendor, Herff Jones. To ensure that the Class Keeper package arrives to your home on time, we recommend that all orders should be placed no later than February 15th. It is the responsibility of each student to order personal regalia from the Herff Jones website linked below. The University does not keep regalia on campus to use should your regalia fail to arrive. Students who do not have regalia will be unable to walk in the ceremony. The Class Keeper package should contain the gown, cap, hood, and tassel associated with the specific program of study being completed. Honor cords will be distributed to graduates after graduate check-in.

Regalia Order Form

Commencement Follow-Up


Each graduate will receive a diploma cover as part of the commencement ceremony. Diplomas will be mailed to the primary address associated with the graduation application 6-10 weeks after the ceremony. Address updates should be submitted to