Commencement, the university-wide graduation ceremony, is held at the end each semester to celebrate summer, fall, and spring graduates. Degrees are officially conferred at Commencement. Filled with pageantry, this ceremony includes an address from President Fant and the Commencement speaker. Undergraduate, master's, and doctoral candidates are recognized individually during the ceremony.
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.
Places to Stay
- Courtyard by Mariott - (864) 213-9009
- Holiday Inn & Suites - (864) 678-8000
- The Westin Poinsett - (864) 421-9700
- Baymont Inn - (864) 288-1200
Looking for a place to stay when visiting NGU? Try area accommodations and ask about possible NGU discounts:
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 tickets are required. Turner Chapel doors will open at 9:00 a.m. Download our campus map.
Graduation candidates should report to the visitors stands at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, April 28. 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 spring commencement. Graduation candidates, faculty, and guests are encouraged to arrive early.
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
- Tobacco or other electronic vapor products
- All Noisemakers (i.e., air horns, plastic horns, whistles, etc.)
Commencement Weather Forecast
For Commencement day weather forecast, check Tigerville Weather.
Help your graduate commemorate their time at NGU and celebrate their graduation!
NGU Commencement DVD
Commencement DVD: Relive your graduation with the Commencement DVD! Order your copy of the Commencement DVD featuring the official conferring of degrees by President Fant, the commencement address, and the presentation of diplomas. 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.
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.
NGU has many great gift ideas for graduates and supporters of the University.
You may order some of these items directly from our University bookstore or our licensed vendor, Church Hill Classics.