SOE Commencement

Each year, the School of Education holds a recognition ceremony for their graduates, in addition to the University commencement ceremony. The May 2020 commencement ceremonies are open to:

  • All students who have applied for graduation from the University Registrar’s Office for May 2020 or December 2019
  • Undergraduate students and master’s degree students who have applied for graduation in August 2020, or are expected to graduate in August 2020
  • Doctoral students who are expected to graduate in August 2020 and have successfully completed their doctoral defense by Thursday, May 7, 2020 (must successfully complete doctoral defense by Friday, April 10 in order for their name to be included in the SOE Commencement program). If your defense date is after April 10, please note the date of your defense on your registration.

For questions concerning The Registrar’s Office graduation application deadlines, please visit: UNCG Commencement Central

SOE 2020 Commencement Information

The School of Education Commencement ceremony will be held at 5:30 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2020 at the Greensboro Coliseum. Admission to the School of Education Commencement ceremony will be free of charge, with no passes or tickets for guests required for admittance.

WHEN: Friday, May 8, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
WHERE: The Coliseum Complex’s Fieldhouse, 1921 West Gate City Boulevard Greensboro, North Carolina 27403

Parking is also free of charge and requires no pass or ticket.

The ceremony is anticipated to last around two hours in length, and should conclude by 7:30 p.m. that evening. There is no school-wide reception held after Commencement.

Information for you

All graduates may register for the SOE Commencement Ceremony by clicking here. Registration is due by Friday, April 3, 2020.

Formal regalia is required to participate in the School of Education Commencement Ceremony. Participants should arrive on the day of Commencement fully dressed in academic regalia (caps, gown, tassel, sashes, hoods, etc.). Regalia and graduation announcements may be purchased through the UNCG Bookstore. You can find out more about deadlines for ordering regalia from the UNCG Bookstore from the University Registrar’s Office Regalia for Undergraduates and Graduates webpage.

If you plan to participant in the ceremony, you MUST arrive at least an hour before the start of the ceremony, at the Greensboro Coliseum Special Events Center Hall B (SOE graduate holding area), in order to check-in and line-up. There is no rehearsal for SOE Commencement. It is imperative that you arrive no later than an hour prior to the start time of the ceremony so that we may start on time. Please leave all personal belongings with a friend or family member or in your car. There will be no secure area to leave belongings during the ceremony.

Due to University policy, actual diplomas will not be awarded. However, each student will receive a diploma cover. Actual diplomas will be mailed out by the Registrar’s Office.

Congratulations, and we look forward to the chance to congratulate you personally on May 8th!

Information for guests

All family and friends are welcome; tickets are NOT required. Parking is also free of charge and requires no pass or ticket.

Doors will open for seating at 4:45pm (est.) and close promptly at 5:25 p.m. for seating in order to start the graduation procession at 5:30 p.m.

Seating is on a first come, first served basis. We will make accommodations for guests with special needs; please make sure to indicate this information in your Registration Form.


For all general Commencement related questions or concerns, including information on UNCG’s Main Commencement ceremony, please visit UNCG Commencement Central

For questions related specifically to the School of Education Commencement ceremony, please contact Kim Kaufmann at