Student Information


CPHS Graduation Ceremony

Friday, May 12, 2017

3 p.m.

John W. Pope Convocation Center

Graduation Application

All applications for graduation must be completed by March 24, 2017. If you have any questions, please contact your program coordinator for assistance.

Cap and Gown

All graduation invitations and academic regalia (caps, gowns and hood (if applicable)) are available for purchase through the Barnes and Noble Campbell University Bookstore. Only university approved graduation apparel will be permitted at the ceremonies. 

The Graduation Fair at the University bookstore will be held on March 20 and 21. The Graduation Fair is the first day graduates may begin purchasing regalia.

If you are unable to attend the Graduation Fair, you may place your regalia order over the phone at 910-893-1455. All ship orders can be placed through our regalia company’s website. There are two convenient ways of placing an order for academic regalia:

1.  Pick-up in Buies Creek – to pre-order, stop by the bookstore or telephone the bookstore at 910-893-1455.

2. Ship to your location:  please visit

Expect the following fees (not including shipping):

  • Associate/Bachelor – Cap/Gown/Tassel $70.98
  • Master Degree Package - $109.96
  • Doctoral Degree Package - $195.98
  • Extra Tassel (with graduation year) - $7.98
  • Extra Tassel (with medallion) - $7.98

Announcements, Rings and Diploma Frames

  • The bookstore carries non-personalized graduation announcements and diploma frames.
  • Diploma Frames can also be ordered through the bookstore website.
  • For personalized announcements or class rings, contact Balfour at 1-866-225-3687 or order online.

The Graduation Fair at the University bookstore will be held on March 20 and 21.

Honor Cords

Students will be notified if they have met the GPA requirements for graduating with honors. The GPA requirements for honors are as follows:

3.50 – Cum laude
3.70 – Magna cum laude
3.90 – Summa cum laude


Diploma Information

The diploma that candidates receive as they cross the stage during the graduation ceremony is not the official diploma.  Diplomas will be distributed in the Fred McCall Practice Gymnasium (where candidates line-up for the ceremony) immediately following the program.  Please note the following:

  • If you apply after March 24, 2017, we cannot promise that we will have a diploma for you on graduation day as your name had to be submitted in a subsequent diploma order.
  • If you are receiving an academic honor:  Cum Laude, Magna Cum Laude, or Summa Cum Laude, we will not have your diploma on graduation day as your diploma will have to be reordered with the appropriate honor printed upon it.
  • If you have an outstanding account balance with the Business Office, your diploma and your transcripts will be placed on “hold” until your account issues have been satisfactorily resolved.
  • Diplomas not picked up on graduation day, diplomas that need to be reordered, and diplomas that need to be released by the Business Office will be mailed to the candidate at the address provided on the Application for Graduation.


Commencement Speaker

Robert M. Califf, MD, MACC, professor of medicine at Duke University and former commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), will deliver the keynote address during the upcoming CPHS commencement exercises.
Learn more about Dr. Califf



Wednesday, May 10, 2017

5:00 p.m.

Doctor of Pharmacy Class: Honor Cord Presentation in Room 117 of Maddox Hall. This is an invitation only event.

Thursday, May 11, 2017


Doctor of Pharmacy Class: Meet on front steps of the John W. Pope, Jr., Convocation Center. 

Friday, May 12, 2017

12:00 p.m.

BSPS, BSCR, MSPS, MSCR, & MSPH: Honor Cord Presentation in Room 117 of Maddox Hall. This is an invitation only event.

12:30 p.m.

BSPS, BSCR, MSPS, MSCR, & MSPH: Meet on front steps of Taylor Hall for class photos. Class photos can be purchased here.

1:45 p.m.

All students arrive in McCall Court practice gymnasium with full regalia and doors open for guests (guests must enter at front of Convocation Center)

  • Enter at back of Convocation Center (there will be signage)

  • Line up in McCall Practice Gymnasium – locate your name card (sorted alphabetically) which will also indicate your seat number. The name cards will be handed to the student marshal on stage.

  • Please be on time.

2:45 p.m.     

Graduates and Faculty ready to walk

3:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony begins

5:00 p.m.

Graduation Ceremony ends (approximately) Student Marshals will escort students back to McCall Court Practice gymnasium. 

5:15 p.m.

Pick-up diplomas/certificates/Bibles in McCall Court Practice gymnasium. Diplomas will be grouped alphabetically.

Senior Award Recipients: If you receive a senior award during the ceremony, you will need to pick up your award in the Exercise Science Room (of the Convocation Center) and have your photo taken in cap and gown.

Additional Information

  • Do not bring personal items into the McCall Practice Gym. These doors will not be locked during the graduation program and the university is not responsible for any items lost or stolen during the program.
  • Graduates must wear business professional attire to the ceremony.
  • Graduate Attire: Must wear cap (tam if appropriate), gown, tassel and hood (if applicable). Hoods will be placed over the arm for processional with the hood representing the highest degree on top. You may keep these items.
  • Decorating graduation caps is prohibited
  • Guest Seating: Guest seating is on a first-come/first-serve basis. Graduation tickets will not be distributed.
  • If you are an international student who needs assistance with paperwork for U.S. Visas for families visiting for graduation, please contact Allison Shell in International Admissions.
  • Photography: The University will not allow guests in the aisle or the floor area near the stage for photographs due to safety concerns. Guests may walk around the top of each side of the concourse to take photos.
  • A contracted photographer will be present and will take a photo of you once you have received your diploma/hood. The photography company will contact you following graduation about ordering these photos.
  • Graduation class photos & DVDs – Individual class photos, DVDs of the graduation ceremony, and a reprinted watercolor of Maddox Hall will be available to purchase online.
  • Watch graduation online - A live video of the commencement ceremony will be available. The online video will start on May 12 at 3 p.m. and can be accessed through the university's website.

Important Ceremony Information

  • During the ceremony, students should go quickly to their chair and stand directly in front of it to make room for the person next to you.
  • Undergraduate Students Only: Tassels: Please wear your tassel on the right side of your cap/tam. Once everyone in your class has received his/her diploma from Dr. Adams, you will be instructed to turn your tassel to the left.
  • Please remind guests the importance of proper decorum; be respectful of all graduates and their “special moment.” We will celebrate together once all degreed candidates have walked across the stage.


Pam Roberts
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Lee Holquist
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