Beginning in the 2017-18 academic year, Fayetteville State University will conduct Commencement Exercises only in May, discontinuing the ceremony currently conducted in December.
The primary reason for the decision, according to Chancellor James A. Anderson, is the increasing cost of commencement.
“We faced the choice of increasing student fees to cover these rising costs or discontinue the December ceremony,” Anderson stated. “We decided that it was important to avoid unnecessary increases in costs to students.”
A secondary factor, he noted, was that since the decision in 2013 to permit summer graduates to participate in May commencement, the number of graduates participating in December ceremony has declined.
FSU will continue to confer degrees and provide diplomas upon graduation in December, May, and August with all degree recipients invited to participate in the May ceremony.
The implementation of the revised commencement schedule coincides with FSU’s Sesquicentennial, the celebration of the 150th anniversary of the founding of the university. Consequently, the May 2018 Commencement will appropriately celebrate the university’s rich legacy of awarding degrees that prepare graduates for lifelong success and service.