Commencement 2021

Commencement 2021 has concluded. This page remains online for archival purposes.

The annual commencement ceremony for Carolina University will be held April 24th, 2021. All students who have successfully completed graduation requirements before the prescribed deadlines and have applied for graduation are strongly encouraged to participate in this honorable occasion.

Students participating in the commencement ceremony are encouraged to arrive early and enjoy events in the city. Discounted rates are available at local hotels for CU guests.

  • Tour campus and say hello to faculty
  • Purchase Bruins Gear in The Den
  • Explore Winston-Salem

Commencement Information

Graduates Arrival

Graduates should arrive at their designated times dressed in their regalia in order to check-in and be organized into the processional. Remember to bring your regalia!

In lieu of rehearsal, find instructions linked below.

Graduate Instructions

Guest Arrival

Guests should check in at the Salem Baptist Church lobby with their tickets along with their photo ID. 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

Graduates are required to RSVP along with the names of the maximum of two guests allowed in person at Salem Baptist Church. Guests will not be permitted into the auditorium without the ticket. The ticket may be printed to downloaded to your phone.

Parking Information

Graduates and guests should park in the Carolina University parking lot at Deeds Hall and behind the Pope Activities Center. Additional street parking is available around campus as well.

Handicap Accessibility

Salem Baptist Church is handicap accessible and our staff are able to point you to the locations in the sanctuary.


There will be professional Lifetouch photographers at commencement. You will be able to order photos after the event.

Lifetouch Special Event Photos


Salem Baptist Church
429 S Broad St
Winston-Salem, NC 27101

Undergraduate Date & Time

April 24th, 2021
Ceremony Starts: 9:00 AM
Doors Open for Guests: 8:00 AM
Graduates Arrive: no later than 8:00 AM

Graduate/Doctoral Date & Time

April 24th, 2021
Ceremony Starts: 11:00 AM
Doors Open for Guests: 10:20 AM
Graduates Arrive: no later than 10:00 AM


The commencement ceremonies will be livestreamed. The livestreams can be found below and can also be streamed on the Boxcast app on Roku, Apple TV, and Fire TV.

Undergraduate Livestream

Graduate/Doctoral Livestream

Commencement Map


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