Traditional Commencement Ceremony – Time Change!

Plans are already underway for this year’s graduation ceremonies on Thursday, May 15 at Bojangles’ Coliseum. To help you and your families better plan for this special occasion, we wanted to let you know that the

CPCC Graduation

CPCC Graduation

traditional graduation ceremony, typically held at 7 p.m., will instead be held at 4 p.m. Please note this new time on your calendar.

This is the only change to the May graduation ceremony. The College and Career Readiness commencement service (formerly known as Adult High School/GED) will take place at the same time – 11 a.m.
Thank you.


CPCC to hold commencement ceremonies today, graduate the largest class in its history

Close to 950 students expected to “march,” receive their college degrees, high school diplomas & GEDs

Central Piedmont Community College will host its commencement ceremonies today. Almost 950 students are expected to “march” and receive their college degrees, high school diplomas and GEDs throughout the day’s festivities.

CPCC Graduation

CPCC Graduation

During the College Graduation Ceremony later in the day, CPCC will graduate its largest class in its 50-year history. While 700 students plan to march during the 7 p.m. ceremony, more than 1,900 students were eligible to graduate this year. This is a significant increase from the 128 graduates the college had at its first commencement ceremony in 1964. (Participants at this ceremony were students who started programs at other institutions and finished at the newly-formed CPCC.)

Since CPCC holds only one graduation ceremony per year, 2012 summer and fall semester graduates will be participating in the college’s ceremonies as well.

Adult High School/GED/Pathways to Careers Graduation at 11 a.m.
The college will kick off its commencement exercises with its Adult High School, GED and Pathways to Careers student graduation ceremony. While more than 725 students from across Mecklenburg County were eligible to participate, only 250 are expected to “march” during the event. Mr. Tony Zeiss, president of CPCC, will be the guest speaker.

College Graduation Ceremony at 7 p.m.
Following the Adult High School and GED student graduation ceremony, CPCC’s undergraduate students will take the stage to receive their college degrees.

During the evening’s festivities, Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will address this year’s graduates and CPCC will honor Alain S. Miatudila Sr. with the 2013 Richard H. Hagemeyer Educational Advancement Award and James R. Worrell Sr. with the Distinguished Service Award.

WHEN: Thursday, May 16
11 a.m. – Adult High School/GED/Pathways to Careers students
7 p.m. – Undergraduate students

WHERE: Bojangles’ Coliseum, 2700 Independence Blvd., Charlotte

Gates Foundation Leader Will Serve as CPCC Graduation Speaker

Allan C. Golston, president of the United States Program of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, will serve as Central Piedmont Community College’s 2013 graduation speaker.

Allan Golston

Allan Golston

Golston will address CPCC’s 2013 graduates at the May 16 ceremony planned for the Bojangles’ Coliseum. The College anticipates as many as 1,000 students will graduate in May, with at least 700 participating in the ceremony.
Golston leads the Gates Foundation’s efforts to reduce inequities and increase access to opportunities for low-income and disadvantaged Americans. He oversees the U.S. Program’s major areas of grant-making – education
U.S. librariesPacific Northwest, special initiatives and advocacy. Golston, who joined the foundation in 1999, most recently served as the chief financial and administrative officer.
Golston’s professional background is in finance and health care. He holds a master’s degree in business administration from Seattle University and a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Colorado. He is an active community volunteer and serves on the boards of a number of regional and national organizations.
“We are delighted and proud to have Allan Golston come as our 2013 graduation speaker,” said Dr. Zeiss. “The work of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to provide low-income and disadvantaged persons educational opportunities is known worldwide. Our graduates and their families will benefit from hearing Mr. Golston’s remarks.”

Are You Ready to Graduate?

How do I apply for graduation? What is the first step in the graduation process? What is “program residency”? When is the graduation ceremony? 

These and many more questions will be answered in a “Graduation Information Session.” Please plan to attend one of our sessions:

  • Where:  Central High Building, Central Campus, Room 315.
  • When:  Tuesdays, November 6 through December 4 at 1 p.m. and Wednesdays, November 7 and December 5 at 5:30 p.m.
We look forward to seeing you there!

High School Transcripts

Did you know…

An official high school transcript indicating your graduation date is required to be on file before you can graduate from any degree or diploma program.  To avoid a delay in processing your degree or diploma, be certain that we have an official copy of your high school transcript prior to submitting your application for graduation.  Verify that we have this document through “MyCollege” under “External Transcript Received.”  If we do not already have your official high school transcript, present the document to the Student Records Department located in the Central High building, Room 260 or the document can be mailed to us at 1141 Elizabeth Ave., Ste., 260, Charlotte, NC  28204.

Please note that we can only accept documents in a sealed envelope from your high school or other institution.

2012 Graduates: Apply for Graduation

Attention Spring, 2012 Graduates

Are you planning to participate in this year’s graduation ceremony?  If so, your graduation application must be received in the Graduation Office no later than March 2 to ensure processing.  If you are eligible for graduation, your name will be printed in the Ceremony Program.  Applications received after March 2 may still be processed, however, your name will not appear in the program.

If you have not yet submitted your application, please apply on line through your MyCollege account.  Under “Academic Profile” select “Graduation Application” and provide the requested information.  Once you click on “submit”, the application will go directly to the Graduation Office for processing.

Remember, we must have your application in the Graduation Office no later than March 2 to ensure processing for the May 10 Graduation Ceremony.

Prospective Summer, 2012 Graduates

All prospective summer graduates are to complete a Graduation Application beginning March 1, 2012.  Prospective Summer, 2012 graduates may participate in the Spring, 2012 Ceremony if you meet the following criteria:

  • You have no more than two courses with seven or fewer credit hours remaining to complete during the Summer, 2012 semester and
  • Your GPA is 2.00 or above.

Once you have registered for your final class(es), you are to bring a copy of your schedule to the Graduation Office. At that time, the Graduation Analyst will review your record and grant permission for you to march in the ceremony. Please note:  The names of Summer 2012 graduates will appear in the Spring 2013 Ceremony Program only.

Did You Know?

… that you must APPLY for graduation?  The Graduation Office is currently accepting applications for Spring 2012.  We will begin accepting applications for Summer 2012 on March 1. 

Prior to applying, contact your Academic Advisor to confirm eligibility.  Once confirmed, apply online through your “MyCollege” account.

For additional information, visit us online at or call the Graduation Office at 704.330.6312.