NCSSM's Commencement Ceremony is an un-ticketed event with no limit to the number of family members and friends who may attend the ceremony on Watts lawn or at the rain site location, J.S. Dorton Arena. The ceremony is open to the public.
Dr. Matthew Welsh '92 is a computer scientist and software engineer at Google where he heads up a team focused on mobile web performance.
Dr. Welsh received a BS from Cornell University 1996 and MS and PhD degrees from the University of California, Berkeley in 1999 and 2002, respectively. He spent the 1996-7 school year at the University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory and at the University of Glasgow.
Before working at Google Dr. Welsh was the Gordon McKay Professor of Computer Science at Harvard and authored of several books about the Linux operating system, several Linux HOWTOs, the LinuxDoc format and articles in the Linux Journal. Dr. Welsh left Harvard five months after receiving tenure.
Dr. Welsh's research interest span a broad range of topics in the space of operating systems, networks, distributed systems, embedded systems, and programming languages.
A reception hosted by NCSSM junior parents is held on the Bryan lawn immediately following the ceremony. Any junior parent who would like to provide assistance or make a donation for the reception should contact Cierra Hinton at (919) 416-2863 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the event of rain, the reception will be held in the NCSSM Eilber Physical Education Center.
NCSSM considers all of our graduates honor students and does not rank or determine a valedictorian. The Student Speaker for every NCSSM Commencement is chosen in an essay competition open to all seniors and judged anonymously by a school-wide committee under the sponsorship of the Academic Programs Division.
All seniors will wear graduation regalia that include the following: cap, tassel, gown, honor cord, and a special NCSSM medallion that is issued at graduation rehearsal on Friday, May 30. No additional regalia items will be allowed.
Note: The following are required end-of-year activities for seniors. Any graduating senior not attending either or both of these activities is subject to disciplinary measures including not participating in Commencement on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
Thursday, May 29, 2014 - NCSSM Awards Ceremony 2:30 - 4:00 p.m.
Friday, May 30, 2014 - Commencement Practice 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
NCSSM requires all juniors to attend Commencement. In addition to supporting the graduates, juniors may also serve as a member of the Commencement Orchestra, the NCSSM Chorale, or as a Junior Marshal.
Note: The following are required end-of-year activities for juniors.
Parking for Commencement is available both on and off campus. Broad Street from F Street to Club Boulevard will be blocked off to traffic, as will Club Boulevard from Broad Street to Iredell Street. These streets will be closed from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 31 and will be available for parking during these hours.
See campus map for more detailed areas for parking.
Guests of our graduates who are using wheelchairs, walkers, or are hearing or visually impaired will be provided reserved seating, upon request, under a covered area in close proximity to the platform. Reserved seating passes based on these circumstances can be requested by contacting Kathy Mueller by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014 at (919) 416-2887 or email@example.com. Spaces are limited and only the family or guest requiring assistance and one additional person to provide assistance will be permitted to sit in the reserved seating section. The rest of the graduate’s party will need to sit in the open seating section on Watts Lawn. Please note that NCSSM does not provide wheelchairs or any other special walking or seating/reclining apparatuses. NCSSM does provide an ASL interpreter on the platform for the Commencement Ceremony. NCSSM will also provide a shuttle for guests who may need some assistance in getting to the reception on the Bryan Lawn following graduation. Please inform Kathy Mueller if you would like to request shuttle service.
Some family or guests of our graduates may have state-issued handicapped parking permits. However, due to a limited number of handicap parking spaces, reserved on-campus handicap parking will require a special parking permit issued by NCSSM for display on the vehicle dashboard upon arrival on campus. Family or guests can request a handicap parking permit by contacting Kathy Mueller by 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 19, 2014 at (919) 416-2887 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Parking spaces are limited and permits will be issued on a first-to-request basis.
Reserved seating passes and handicap parking permits will be given to seniors at graduation practice on Friday, May 30, 2014.
You may wish to visit the Durham Convention and Visitors Bureau website, www.durham-nc.com, which provides information on Durham area hotels and reservations, restaurants, special events and exciting places to see.
In the event of rain, NCSSM will hold graduation in the J.S. Dorton Arena located in Raleigh at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds. A decision to move the Commencement ceremony to this venue will be made by 8:00 a.m. on the morning of Saturday, May 31. The school will send a message to the NCSSM community via e-mail and text messaging. The Communications Office will also have a recorded message at (919) 416-2872.
The North Carolina State Fairgrounds has adequate and free parking. Unfortunately, we are not able to reserve handicap parking spaces. Any guest who request handicap seating will be given specific details for handicap drop-off access to the J.S. Dorton Arena. We suggest that all other guests enter the State Fairgrounds through Gate 9 located off Trinity Road. Click here for an area map of the North Carolina State Fair Grounds and driving directions by clicking this link: http://www.ncstatefair.org/directions.htm.
Class of 2014 Group Photo taken by Jim Shaw Photography
The official class photo of the 2014 graduating class is scheduled to be taken by Jim Shaw Photography on March 31. Purchase options for the large group photograph are now available at: http://jimshawphoto.zenfolio.com/ncssm14.
To purchase a print visit the website above, view the sample of the photo you wish to order and click the "buy" button at the top of the page.
Sale prices will be in effect until Monday, May 13. Orders placed online may be mailed to the home address of the parent or the address of choice. These were sold out last year so order early.
Graduation Photos taken by Strawbridge Studios
On the day of Commencement, Strawbridge Studios will be photographing individual students during the awarding of diplomas. If you wish to take advantage of this once in a lifetime opportunity to have a photograph of your student receiving his/her diploma, please complete the order form and return it to Strawbridge Studios, Inc. by Friday, May 9.
Class of 2014 Commencement Ceremony DVD
The NCSSM Distance Education staff will professionally record the entire graduation ceremony so that families and guest can focus on watching and enjoying the ceremony from their seat. If you would like to order a copy of the 2014 Commencement DVD, please complete the order form and mail it to the address listed on the form.
The 2014 NCSSM Commencement Ceremony video will be streamed live. We'll have a full video production crew on hand to make this event as memorable as possible for those viewing online. To view the stream in your web browser, we recommend you update to the latest version of the Adobe Flash Player, found here:http://get.adobe.com/flashplayer. To receive updates on this and future streaming videos from NCSSM, be sure to hit the "follow" button on our Livestream page. Feel free to share this via the Facebook and Twitter sharing options or via this link: http://new.livestream.com/ncssmlivestream. This event will not be livestreamed in the case of inclement weather that requires the ceremony to be moved to Dorton Arena; the video will be made available at a later time if this is the case.
Flower bouquets and balloons are now available for purchase through the NCSSM School Store. Online orders can be completed using a credit or debit card, and delivered to your student on graduation day. Be sure to select the "deliver on campus" option at checkout. Don't wait, order a bouquet and balloons for your graduate today!