Students listen to speakers during Commencement.

Hats Off To The Class of 2011

May 10, 2011

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NC State celebrated the graduates of 2011 during its spring commencement ceremonies Saturday morning at the RBC Center.

James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy – one of the largest utility providers in the nation – delivered the commencement address to a sea of red robes. Chancellor Randy Woodson conferred honorary degrees on behalf of NC State to Rogers and Robert Weiss – artistic director and CEO of Carolina Ballet. Kimberly Spence, a Park Scholar who graduated with a degree in biological sciences-human biology, delivered the student commencement speech.

Post your graduation photos on NC State's Facebook PageNC State awarded 85 associate’s, 3,394 bachelor’s, 1,255 master’s, 170 doctoral and 77 doctor of veterinary medicine degrees to eager NC State graduates. When combined with the 3,041 degrees awarded in the fall, 2011 became the largest graduating class in history for the state’s largest university.

During the commencement ceremony, 135 valedictorians were recognized for earning perfect 4.0 grade-point averages during their academic careers.

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Graduates file into the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. The eyes have it for College of Veterinary Medicine graduate. A crowd of well-wishers cheer for the new doctor in the family. College of Veterinary Medicine graduate is in College of Veterinary Medicine graduate gives a Feeling a little under the weather, a graduate makes his way to his seat in the RBC Center. Graduates look for family in the RBC Center. Graduates pose for a video camera in the RBC Center. College of Veterinary Medicine graduates get a glove wave happening before the beginning of commencement. Graduate poses for a photo taken by a family member in the RBC Center seats. Family and friends wave to graduates as the enter the RBC Center. Graduate takes a photo of friends. The Amalgam Band plays Dr. Paul Garcia leads the Amalgam Band. Commencement program in the hands of a valedictorian. Graduates watch as classmates file into the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. ROTC grad throws up a wolfie as he poses for a photo. Parents, friends and families watch the jumbotron and laugh the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. Chancellor Randy Woodson applauds the band after playing in the graduates into the RBC Center. Parents, friends and families honor the flag during the singing of the National Anthem at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. NC State State seal and honor pin. Decorated mortar board at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. ROTC grads at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. Board of Trustee chair Lawrence Davenport congratulates the new graduates at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. Sea of red mortar boards and gowns at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. New grad has it made in the shade at the 2011 Spring Commencement in the RBC Center. Chancellor Randy Woodson (left) congratulates Robert Weiss, artistic director and CEO of Carolina Ballet, on his honorary degree. James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, receives his honorary doctorate as Chancellor Randy Woodson (left) reads his confirmation. James Rogers, chairman, president and CEO of Duke Energy, delivers his commencement address in the RBC Center. Valedictorian listens to the commencement speaker deliver his address. Provost Warwick Arden (right) congratulates a doctoral graduate student as he hands her the diploma. Chancellor Randy Woodson (left) congratulates a doctoral graduate student. Doctoral graduate students celebrate their degrees. 2011 College of Veterinary Medicine graduate solicits some financial aid during commencement. CHASS students cheer as they are officially declared graduates by Chancellor Randy Woodson. Student speaker Kimberly Spence delivers her address to her classmates. Sea of red in the RBC Center.