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Graduation and happy holiday season! My favorite time of the year


For many, December is their favorite time of the year.  I count myself among that group.  As an employee of the state’s largest (and best) public university, it is an especially wonderful time.  Why, “holiday graduations.”  I was a holiday grad way back when and I can’t think of anything better than graduating from college and heading right into the traditional holiday season.

North Carolina State University will confer more than 3,000 degrees on graduating students during its fall commencement exercises this Saturday.  Activities will begin at 9 a.m. in the RBC Center in Raleigh.  The public is welcome.

Chancellor James H. Woodward will confer 3,013  degrees – 63 associate’s, 1,902 bachelor’s, 782 master’s and 266 doctoral degrees. Twenty-one valedictorians will be recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade point averages during their academic careers at NC State.

At 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, the Joint Army-Navy-Air Force Commissioning Ceremony will be held in the ballroom on the second floor of the Talley Student Center.  The public is welcome there too.

So, if you really want to get into the Holiday Spirit and celebrate the major accomplishments of more than 3,000 outstanding young men and women, (WEATHER PERMITTING) swing by the RBC Center or Talley Student Center on Saturday.  You’ll be very impressed with what you see.

Congratulations to all the new graduates and officers.  You make us all proud.

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