UNC Charlotte Academic Policy: Commencement Faculty Attendance

I. Introduction

There is no introduction for this policy.

II. Policy Statement

Commencement is held twice a year, in the Fall and Spring semesters. As a professional responsibility and as a show of support for students, all full-time faculty are encouraged to attend both ceremonies but at a minimum are expected to attend one commencement ceremony a year.  Each department will be responsible for developing a plan for implementing the policy.

III. Definitions

  • Commencement (also known as Graduation) – A formal ceremony in which the University awards degrees to graduating students at the end of each Fall and Spring semester.
  • Department – A unit within a college representing a discipline.  For example, the Department of English is in the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences. 
  • Faculty – The members of the teaching and research body staff of UNC Charlotte.  Faculty may hold the rank of professor, associate professor, assistant professor, instructor, lecturer, research associate, research assistant, or the equivalent of any of these academic ranks.
  • Semester or Term – A period of study of approximately 16 weeks, usually a third of the academic year (i.e., Fall, Spring, and Summer semesters).  The Fall semester begins in August, the Spring semester in January, and the Summer semester in May at UNC Charlotte.  The Summer semester generally includes one eleven-week and two five-week half terms.

IV. Policy Contact(s)

V. History

  • Approved: April 17, 2002
  • Revised:  February 20, 2013 [changed from "tenured and tenure track faculty" to "full-time faculty"]

VI. Related Policies, Procedures, and Resources

VII. Frequently Asked Questions

  • Are part-time faculty and faculty affiliates permitted to attend Commencement? 
    Yes, part-time faculty and faculty affiliates are permitted and encouraged to attend Commencement in accordance with their departmental and collegiate policies.