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Commencement, the university-wide graduation ceremony, is held at the end of the fall and spring semesters to celebrate summer, December and May graduates. Degrees are officially conferred at Commencement. Filled with pageantry, this ceremony includes an address from NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr. and the Commencement speaker. Doctoral degree, undergraduate, and master's candidates are recognized individually during the ceremony.  

Join us for Fall Commencement 2017 at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 9, 2017 in Turner Chapel on the campus of North Greenville University.  

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North Greenville University is located in Tigerville in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Tigerville is a pastoral community 18 miles north of Greenville, South Carolina, the state's largest metropolitan area, less than 12 miles from Greer and about 35 miles from Spartanburg with easy access to I-85, I-26, and US 276 and 25. The campus setting provides a panoramic view of the surrounding mountains, with the campus itself situated on the summit of a rolling hill amid acres of university-owned land. Most of the buildings on the campus have been constructed in the past few decades replacing older buildings which were erected during the first 100 years of the university's history.




7801 North Tigerville Rd.
Tigerville, SC 29688


From Greenville, SC:


Take Business 25 and 276 to Travelers Rest. Continue on 25 North to Highway 414. Turn right on 414 and NGU will be four miles on the left.


From Spartanburg, SC:


Take Highway 29 toward Greenville. Turn right on Highway 290 in Greer. Continue on Highway 290 until you reach the intersection of Highway 290 and Highway 253. Turn right on Highway 253. After you have traveled six miles, you will come to the intersection of Highway 253 and Highway 414. Turn left on Highway 414 and you will see the entrance to North Greenville on the right.


From Hendersonville, NC:


Take I-26 towards Spartanburg. Exit onto Highway 25 to Greenville, South Carolina. Turn left on Highway 414. NGU will be four miles on the left.


From Columbia, SC:


Take I-26 West to Spartanburg. Exit on Highway 29 towards Greer/Greenville. Turn right on Highway 290 in Greer. Continue on Highway 290 until you reach the intersection of Highway 290 and 253. After you have traveled six miles, you will come to the intersection of Highway 253 and Highway 414. Turn left on Highway 414 and you will see the entrance to North Greenville on the right.


From Atlanta, GA:


Take I-85 North to Exit 42. Take the left branch of I-I85 toward Greenville. Exit I-185 to White Horse Road, Highway 25. Stay on 25 traveling north toward Asheville, North Carolina. Turn right on Highway 414. NGU will be four miles on the left. 


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When and Where:

In the event of inclement weather for Spring, Commencement will be moved from Younts Stadium to Turner Chapel. Only four guests per graduate will be allowed to enter Turner Chapel and must present a ticket at the door. Fall Commencement is held in Turner Chapel and no tickets are required. Turner Chapel doors will open at 9:00 a.m. A campus map is available here.

Graduation candidates should report to the visitors stands at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, May 5. Faculty will report at 9:30 a.m. to a designated tent on the Melvin and Dollie Younts Stadium lawn dressed in full regalia. Faculty line-up sheets will be available at that location. For Spring, if Commencement is moved to Turner Chapel, candidates will report to Hayes Ministry Center at 9:00 a.m. and faculty to White Hall at 9:30 a.m. Graduation candidates and faculty needing accessible parking will be directed by campus security officers to the appropriate area. 

Guests may enter Younts Stadium beginning at 9:00 a.m. through the front gates of the stadium. There will be reserved seating for faculty in Section D. Guests are free to sit in all other asked to fill in the seating closest to the floor first. 


How will I know if Commencement has been re-located due to inclement weather?

Notices of a change of venue due to inclement weather will be posted on the electronic marquee at the corner of Hwy 414 and Hwy 253 and on the North Greenville University homepage (ngu.edu), and on the North Greenville University Commencement page (ngu.edu//commencement) at least 24 hours prior to Commencement. You may also call (864) 977-7000 for confirmation of change of venue due to inclement weather. 


Are tickets required?

Tickets are not required for Fall or Spring Commencements. Graduation candidates, faculty, and guests are encouraged to arrive early. 


Simulcast availability

If seating sections in Turner Chapel are full, guests will be directed to the Hamlin Recital Hall where overflow seating will be available and guests will watch the ceremony via simulcast.


Items and Searches

Prohibited items must be returned to the owner's car or discarded. Any unlawful items are subject to confiscation, and the person in possession is subject to arrest. Backpacks and bags are subject to be searched.

Items prohibited include:

• Alcoholic Beverages

• Explosives
• Tobacco or other electronic vapor products
• All Noisemakers (i.e., air horns, plastic horns, whistles, etc.)
• Weapons


Commencement Weather Forecast

For Commencement day weather forecast, click here.


Help your graduate commemorate their time at NGU and celebrate their graduation!


NGU Commencement 2017 DVD

Commencement DVD: Relive your graduation with the Commencement 2017 DVD! Order your copy of the Commencement 2017 DVD featuring the official conferring of degrees by Interim President Dr. Randall J. Pannell, Commencement address by Greer mayor Rick Danner, and hooding of doctoral candidates. You may reserve your DVD at graduation rehearsal or on graduation day at the ceremony for $20. A table will be set up with order forms. Orders will ONLY be taken at these times.


North Greenville Legacy Walkway Paver

Help your graduate leave their mark on NGU's campus with the purchase of a North Greenville Legacy Walkway Paver. For $100, have your graduate's name, graduation date(s), and degree(s) earned engraved on one of over 1,000 pavers available. For more information, contact Julie Styles at (864) 663-0246 or julie.styles@ngu.edu. 


NGU Ring

The NGU ring connects all of the University's graduates and is a beautiful way to commemorate one's time at NGU. The NGU ring features the arches, interlocking OU logo, the Seed Sower, and the traditional border from the University's seal. Order the NGU ring here.



NGU has many great gift ideas for graduates and supporters of the University.

You can order some of these items directly from North Greenville University, and others from our licensed vendor, Church Hill Classics. 

NGU Ties, Charms, and Beaded Necklaces can be ordered directly from NGU Office of Alumni by contacting Director of Alumni Julie Styles, at julie.styles@ngu.edu or 864.663.0246. Other items must be ordered directly from our licensed vendor. 



NGU Bow Tie (Design 1)

Available in both pre-tied and traditional styles. 



NGU Bow Tie (Design 1)

Available in both pre-tied and traditional styles. 




NGU Necktie (New Design)




NGU Beaded Necklaces

A casual woven fiber necklace embedded with red and black beads and the NGU emblem on a pendant. Two different styles to choose from. 



NGU Crest Charm

Silver charm, a great decoration for a necklace or bracelet. 



NGU Athletic Logo Charm

Silver charm, a great decoration for a necklace or bracelet. 



NGU Crest Bookends

A stylish desk or bookshelf item, from our vendor Church Hill Classics.  


Polished Wooden Box with NGU Crest. 

A great desk item for keepsakes, writing tools, postage and more! 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


Business Card and Pen Holder with NGU Crest

No desk is complete without this traditional item. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


NGU Crest Paperweight

Natural stone paperweight with attractive NGU seal. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics



Desktop Stationery Organizer with NGU Crest

A classic item for holding important papers, letters, or stationery material. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


NGU Degree Frame

A beautiful wooden frame with gold-leaf crest and text on the matting. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics


NGU Degree Frame with Photo of Iconic Entryway Fountain

A beautiful wooden frame with gold-leaf crest and text on the matting with dual-matted photograph of the main entrance to campus. 

From our vendor Church Hill Classics








A live stream of Commencement will be available here at the start of the Commencement 2017 ceremony.

Governor Henry McMaster will deliver the commencement speech during North Greenville University's graduation ceremony at 10:00 a.m. Saturday, December 9, in Turner Chapel.

“We are honored that Gov. Henry McMaster will join us as we celebrate our graduates’ significant accomplishment of earning their degrees,” said NGU President Dr. Gene C. Fant, Jr.

Henry Dargan McMaster of Columbia became the 117th Governor of South Carolina on January 24, 2017.

The son of attorney and former state representative John Gregg McMaster and Ida Dargan McMaster, Governor McMaster is a lifelong servant of the State of South Carolina, having previously served two years as lieutenant governor, eight years as attorney general and four years as United States attorney.  

McMaster was the first U.S. attorney appointed by President Ronald Reagan, and was unanimously confirmed by the United States Senate. His “Operation Jackpot” investigation into international drug smuggling produced over 100 convictions.

As attorney general, McMaster made prosecution of criminal domestic violence a priority and harnessed the resources of law enforcement and prosecutors to crack down on child Internet predators. He extended the state grand jury’s jurisdiction to environmental and gang crimes and broadened its authority to include securities crimes following the collapse of Carolina Investors and Home Gold, convicting those responsible.

In 2003, McMaster issued a landmark opinion to protect our marsh islands from encroachment and later won the Life Sciences Act case in the South Carolina Supreme Court, which enhanced the state’s economic potential through its universities for research, development and investment in the knowledge-based economy. The governor was central to the fight against “Obamacare,” organizing and leading the states in their challenge against the law’s unconstitutional federal encroachment.

As lieutenant governor, McMaster served as president of the South Carolina State Senate and headed the Lieutenant Governor’s Office on Aging, which aids older adults with social, economic and health needs. In that capacity, he added senior services to the 2-1-1 system, connecting callers with support groups and services in their areas. He also established a “Senior Day” at the State House and strengthened the network of “senior ride” projects. AARP named McMaster a “Capitol Caregiver” for his policies to help seniors live independently at home.

In 2012, McMaster and former attorney general Travis Medlock led a bipartisan commission to reform ethics laws and restore the public’s trust in state government.

McMaster was chairman of the South Carolina Republican Party from 1993-2002, winning reelection three times. As state GOP chairman, he led the party to Republican majorities in South Carolina’s House and Senate.

Governor McMaster has served on the South Carolina Ports Authority Board of Directors, the South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, the Palmetto Health Foundation Board and the South Carolina Policy Council (as chairman).  He is admitted to practice in all courts, state and federal, in South Carolina, as well as the U.S. Court of Claims (1974), the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit (1975) and the Supreme Court of the United States (1978). Governor McMaster is a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in the state, and was named “Public Servant of the Year” by the Sierra Club and “National Law Enforcement Officer of the Year” by The Humane Society of the United States.

McMaster received his A.B. degree in history in 1969 from the University of South Carolina and his J.D. degree in 1973 from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the South Carolina Law Review. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves in the JAG Corps from 1969 to 1975.

Governor McMaster is married to Peggy McMaster, and they have two children, Henry D. McMaster, Jr. and Mary Rogers McMaster. They are members of First Presbyterian Church of Columbia.