North Carolina Central University

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Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University was the first publicly supported liberal arts college for African-Americans. Today, the university has a diverse population of nearly 8,000 students enrolled in first-class academic programs. We have unique programs in place to mentor every student, and we provide the resources to enable academic and career success. With both a biomanufacturing an

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| We're excited to welcome back NCCU alumnus Dr. Arwin D. Smallwood as the new Dean of the College of Arts, Social Sciences, and Humanities, starting June 1, 2024! Dr. Smallwood's expertise will be pivotal in advancing our university's strategic goals. | | READ MORE:


| North Carolina Central University alumni, we want to hear from you! In honor of our recent graduates, share your graduation story with us. Include your graduation year and a memorable moment from your ceremony. |

Photos from NCCU Alumni's post 05/07/2024


| Join us tonight as Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye, Ph.D. receives the Key to the City from the Durham City Council and Mayor Leonardo Williams. The ceremony will occur at 7 PM at City Hall, Downtown Durham, and will be streamed live on YouTube. Celebrate this special honor with us! | | WATCH:


| Special surprise for our graduates at today's commencement ceremonies! Vice President Kamala D. Harris joined us, celebrating the and highlighting the importance of an HBCU education. |


| Congratulations to our graduates. Check out highlights from the 143rd Commencement Ceremonies at North Carolina Central University! | | READ MORE:


| We welcome our baccalaureate students (983) to the 143rd Commencement Ceremonies at North Carolina Central University. We are extremely proud of their accomplishments. |


| We welcome our graduate and professional students to the 143rd Commencement Ceremonies at North Carolina Central University.

Photos from NCCU Office of Alumni Relations's post 05/04/2024


| Meet Darius Stephens-York, a soon-to-be NCCU School of Law grad making a difference! Through founding The Haven Newberry nonprofit and advocating in juvenile court, Darius is dedicated to empowering youth. | | READ MORE:


| Meet Elena Kendrick! Kendrick is a soon-to-be North Carolina Central University graduate who is a passionate historian from Knoxville, Tennessee, with dreams of pursuing a doctorate in history focusing on slavery. Learn more about this determined future public historian. | | LEARN MORE:


| It is with profound sadness that we announce the passing of Mr. Kenneth Campbell, a NCCU alumnus and assistant professor in the Department of Mass Communication. As a dedicated faculty member, Campbell spearheaded the Nineteen10 Film Alliance and was a supportive colleague and teacher who fostered a nurturing learning environment while guiding students toward their potential. | READ MORE:


| The Spring 2024 edition of NCCU Now is now available on campus and will hit your mailbox soon! This edition features our notable alumna Crystal Taylor and more stories about all the happenings at North Carolina Central University. Can't wait for your copy? Check out the online version today! | | READ:


| Meet Andraya Yearwood! Yearwood is a talented linguist and graduating senior who has mastered languages from Spanish to Swahili and will study Portuguese at Columbia University. | | READ MORE:


| All attendees of the 143rd Commencement Exercises must adhere to the Department of Athletics' clear bag policy. All bags must be clear plastic, vinyl, or PVC and less than 12" x 12 "x 6" – exceptions will be made for medical and baby needs. Small wristlets/clutches (less than 4.5" x 6.5" x 1") with or without a strap are permitted. |


| Chancellor Johnson O. Akinleye will host a reception for graduating students and their families at the Student Center on May 3, 2024, from 12 to 3 p.m. Join us as we celebrate the achievements of our eagles. |


| North Carolina Central University (NCCU) and Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU) are pioneering a groundbreaking interdisciplinary course titled "Artificial Intelligence and the African Diaspora." The course will blend computer science and the humanities, aiming to help develop culturally sensitive AI practitioners and to become a model for other HBCUs and beyond. | READ MORE:


| Graduation is just around the corner. Make sure you're all set for the big day by checking these upcoming deadlines:

May 2, 2024: For graduate and professional students, your graduation rehearsal is at 6 p.m. in the McDougald-McLendon Arena. Remember to pick up your Permit-to-March, guest tickets, and honor cords from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the Student Center (Upper-level).

May 3, 2024: Undergraduate students, it's your turn for rehearsal at 11 a.m. in the McDougald-McLendon Arena. The Chancellor's Reception will also be held from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the NCCU Student Center.

May 4, 2024: If you still need to pick up your essentials, head to the lower level of the Arena to grab your permit-to-march, guest tickets, and honor cords.

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| Meet Sandi Owens, a NCCU student receiving her master's in assistive technology who turned adversity into opportunity after losing vision in her right eye in high school. Upon graduation, Owens will continue to advocate for the visually impaired, leading initiatives to improve accessibility. | | READ MORE:


| We are thrilled to announce that Former U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch, the first African American woman to hold the post, will deliver the keynote address at the NCCU School of Law Hooding Ceremony on Friday, May 3, at 4 p.m. | | READ MORE:


| Eagle Graduates and parents of the create your custom NCCU Commencement 2024 social frame. Show your and spread the word! | | GET STARTED:


| Hey Eagles! Before kicking off your summer, complete your FAFSA for the 2024-2025 academic year. Don't leave money on the table; visit now and follow up on my EOL and Banner SSB9 award updates. |


| The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded North Carolina Central University's Department of Environmental, Earth, and Geospatial Sciences (DEEGS) a $2.1 million grant! The initiative aims to diversify the field of geosciences and is part of a broader $7 million program. | LEARN MORE:


| Meet Alexis, an inspiring graduate paving a unique path in the legal field. Starting as a paralegal, she gained invaluable experience before diving into law school. Now ready to tackle corporate and business law, Alexis exemplifies determination and success. Let's honor Alexis and all our graduates' achievements throughout the week! | | READ MORE:


| Celebrating the at NCCU! We’re excited for this weekend’s commencement ceremonies. Visit to get all the details. We’ll also feature some of our outstanding eagles throughout the week. Join us in honoring our graduates' achievements! |


| It is with deep sadness that we inform the North Carolina Central University (NCCU) community of the passing of Mr. Myles Gresham, a senior business administration major, on Thursday, April 25, 2024. | LEARN MORE:

Photos from North Carolina Central University's post 04/26/2024

| Yesterday, surrounded by faculty, staff, students, and friends and family of Dr. Debra Saunders-White, we honored her legacy by renaming a residence hall in her memory. As Chancellor from 2013 to 2016, Dr. Saunders-White profoundly impacted NCCU. Her contributions will forever be part of our university's tapestry and rich history. |


| Congratulations to Honda Campus All-Star Challenge coach Clayton Mack and team member Lauren Johnson. Mack, recognized as the 2024 Coach of the Year, has devoted over 30 years to HCASC as a coach and former student team member.

Johnson recently received the Ernest C. Jones Sportsperson Award for her outstanding team spirit, sportsmanship, and academic dedication during this year's National Championship Tournament.

We are extremely proud of our Eagles for their commitment to NCCU and academic excellence.


| Due to unforeseen circumstances, Nnenna Freelon will headline tonight at our 33rd Annual Jazz Festival along with bassist John Brown. Join us at 7 p.m., along with the Jazz and Vocal Ensembles, for an unforgettable evening of music. | | TIX/INFO:


| The search for North Carolina Central University's next Chancellor continues. The Search Advisory Committee is holding public meetings today at 11:30 a.m. and Friday, April 26, 2024, at 8 a.m. Both meetings will take place at 8001 Arco Corporate Drive in Raleigh. | Read more about our search efforts at!

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Our Story

Founded in 1910, North Carolina Central University (NCCU) is a first-choice public university offering bachelor’s degrees in 100 disciplines, master’s degrees in more than 40 areas and a Ph.D. in Integrated Biosciences. Located in Durham, N.C., part of the state’s Research Triangle, NCCU has an enrollment of 8,300 students from North America, Africa, Asia, South America and Europe.

NCCU offers graduate and undergraduate degrees in several signature areas, including law, business, education, nursing, the biosciences, social sciences and liberal arts.

The university is a leader in the scientific study of health disparities, offering students the opportunity to gain laboratory skills and experience working with faculty researchers and pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry professionals.

NCCU is identified as a Community Engaged Institution by the Carnegie Foundation. Reflecting the university’s motto, Truth and Service, NCCU became the first state supported university in North Carolina to require community service for graduation. Donating a minimum of 15 hours per semester, students last year worked more than 237,000 public service hours, which is valued at $5.1 million in the surrounding economy.

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