Tickets are not required for the guests of the Class of Fall 2021.
We are excited to invite our 2020 and Spring 2021 graduates to return to campus with the opportunity to walk in our Graduation. We ask that all 2020/Spring 2021 grads attending RSVP here to ensure we are prepared to include you in the proceedings.
Photos taken by ECE during the ceremony are available on our Flickr Photos taken by Photo Specialities of each graduate will be available a couple of weeks after the ceremony, and samples are provided directly to the individual by Photo Specialties.
From Western Blvd., turn onto Pullen Road, go through the stoplight and turn onto Dunn Ave. The parking decking will be on your left between Jensen Drive and Jeter Drive.
December 10, 2021
Please enter Reynolds from the Dunn Avenue Entrance.
The ECE Department livestreams the Graduation Ceremony on this page at 1:00 pm EST on December 10, 2021.
Senior Technologist for Intelligent Flight Systems, NASA
Dr. Danette Allen is NASA's Senior Technologist (ST) for Intelligent Flight Systems. She was accepted into the first class of Computer Engineers in ECE and graduated from NC State with dual degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Engineering. After a year abroad in the UK where she earned a master’s degree from Manchester Business School. Dr. Allen began her career at NASA, writing embedded real-time software for the Lidar In-Space Technology Experiment (LITE) instrument, the primary payload on STS-64. For LITE, she sat in the Payload Operations Control Center at JSC and uplinked commands to the space shuttle Discovery. LITE was followed by multiple atmospheric science instruments including “MAPS on Mir” for which she spent considerable time in Russia to deliver the MAPS instrument to the Russian Space Agency for launch on a Soyuz spacecraft to Mir. More recently, she created and led the Autonomy Incubator at NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) in Hampton, Virginia. While at NASA, Dr. Allen earned her M.E. in Computer Engineering from Old Dominion University, and M.S. and Ph.D. in Computer Science from UNC-Chapel Hill. Dr. Allen is the recipient of multiple NASA awards including the astronauts’ “Silver Snoopy” award for achievements related to human flight safety and mission success, the "Systems Engineering Excellence Award" medal, and the “Outstanding Leadership” medal. She is an ACM member and an AIAA Associate Fellow.
Class of 2021
Prit Patel is graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering with a Renewable Electric Energy System concentration. In addition to his academic pursuits, he enjoys listening to music, playing his favorite sport—cricket—and cooking. Always culturally inquisitive, he speaks three languages, and loves to learn about new cultures while meeting new people. A student in the Accelerated Master’s Program, he is pursuing a path into power studies, with the hope of eventually forging a career in power grid planning and renewable energy integration while contributing to grid modernization.
Guests requiring accommodation for a disability or any assistive devices or services to participate in this activity, please contact:
Phone: (919) 515-5086
Next Graduation Ceremony
Past Graduation Ceremonies
The Fall Class of 2023 Commencement Ceremony held on December 16, 2023 in Reynolds Coliseum at 7:00 pm.
The Fall Class of 2022 Commencement Ceremony held on December 16, 2022 in Reynolds Coliseum at 6:15 pm.
The Spring Class of 2021 Commencement Ceremony held on May 14, 2021 in at 10:00 am.
The Spring Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony held on May 7, 2020 in at 1:00 pm.
The Spring Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony held on May 10, 2019 in Reynolds Coliseum at 9:00 am.
The Spring Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony held on May 10, 2018 in Reynolds Coliseum at 2:00 pm.
The Spring Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony held on May 5, 2016 in McKimmon Center at 7:30 pm.