Graduation FAQs

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FAQs for Spring 2023 Graduate Ceremony 

Students, parents and family members are encouraged to review the answers to these frequently asked questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact us. As with any event or plan during pandemic times, the University continues to monitor ever-changing conditions and local, state and federal health guidelines. The details provided via the FAQs may be subject to change, depending on public health conditions and state regulations.

A: The law school purchases caps, gowns and hoods for all students. Once the regalia packages arrive, students will pick them up from Career Services during the designated dates and times. Additionally, the Student Bar Association encourages (not requires) all students to purchase a tam to wear in lieu of the cap. Tams will be available for purchase via the following link:

A: Graduation rehearsal will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Dorton Arena, located at the North Carolina State Fairgrounds on 4285 Trinity Road in Raleigh. Please access the fairgrounds via Gate 9 and come to the North entrance of the arena.  Rehearsal is mandatory and only for graduates participating in the May graduation ceremonyPlease bring your graduation cap and gown for the class photo, which will be taken immediately after graduation rehearsal.  You do not have to wear them during rehearsal.


A: Because Dorton Arena can seat approximately 5,000, we will not require a ticket for entrance for the May 2023 graduation ceremony.  Graduation is a large event; guests should always consider their comfort and well-being in their decision to attend.  They are welcome to wear a mask should they deem it best to do so, but masks are not required.  For those who may be uncomfortable attending a large event or unable to do so, a livestream link will be made available to graduates during the week of graduation; graduates may share the link with friends and family.  

A: Graduates are required to arrive at Memorial Auditorium by 8:45 a.m. on Friday, May 12, at the latest.  Doors will not be open for guest seating until 9 a.m.  Everyone should access the fairgrounds through Gate 9 and enter the arena via the North entrance.


A: There are several parking lots and spaces within walking distance to Dorton Arena.  The law school will not provide transportation from the school to the graduation ceremony.

A: This is a professional ceremony. Each graduate will be provided a flat mortarboard cap and a gown in their regalia packet; graduates will be hooded on stage. Graduates should wear dark slacks or skirts/dresses and dark shoes under their gowns. We also recommend dark, comfortable shoes. Mortarboard caps and tams cannot be decorated.


A: Graduates CANNOT bring personal items to the graduation ceremony due to a lack of storage space. In the event that a graduate must bring personal items, they must make arrangements in advance with a family member or friend to hold on to their items until after the graduation ceremony. Campbell Law School nor Dorton Arena are responsible for the loss of any personal items.


A: As mentioned, this is a professional ceremony, so it is advised that guests wear comfortable business attire.



A: Yes. If space for a wheelchair is needed, or other special considerations, please detail your request via the following link:  CLICK HERE.


A: The Student Bar Association will host a reception for graduates and invited guests after graduation rehearsal.  It will be on Thursday, May 11, at Vidrio, 500 Glenwood Ave, Suite 100, Raleigh, immediately following graduation rehearsal until 3 p.m. For more information, please contact Dean Byrne at  Refreshments and heavy hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Live, Work, Play provides a listing of dining and entertainment options in the downtown area if you would like to dine on your own after the ceremony. 


A: You may order personalized graduation announcements and class rings from Balfour online or by calling 1-877-225-3687.  Both credit cards and checks are accepted.  The Campbell University bookstore on main campus carries non-personalized graduation announcements and diploma frames. You can also purchase diploma frames online via the Campbell University bookstore.  Campbell Law will also hold a Graduation Fair in the Pope Foyer after Spring Break.  Specific details to come.


A: There are numerous options in and around Raleigh; below are lodging options near the law school, which is an easy 15-20 minute drive to Dorton Arena.

Raleigh Marriott City Center / (919) 833-1120

Sheraton Raleigh Hotel / (800) 325-3535

Origin Hotel, Raleigh By Wyndham / (984) 275-2220

DoubleTree Hilton Raleigh Brownstone / (919) 828-0811

Hampton Inn & Suites Raleigh Downtown / (919) 825-4770

The Longleaf Hotel / (919) 867-5770