Graduation Celebrations

COVID-19 Impacts

Due to the broad impacts of the spread of Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19), graduation celebrations are impacted at all levels. For University Commencement Exercises and celebrations, check for updates here. ECE will continue to celebrate our graduates in addition to University Commencement. 

ECE Celebration of Graduates
Fall 2020

We’re looking forward to recognizing our graduating students as they celebrate this step of their academic journey and prepare to move forward to the next phase of their lives.

While walking down the aisle of Reynolds Coliseum is currently not possible, we’re pleased to host a Celebration of Graduates virtually on the former date of the ECE Commencement Ceremony. This live event will be broadcast to you, your families, and friends via the NC State YouTube account at 10:30 am on December 4, 2020.

The Celebration of Graduates will feature ECE Faculty and Staff, with graduating senior Mariana Calvo Argus as a student speaker and Alice C Parker, Dean’s Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California.

If you have any questions, please email ece-graduation@ncsu.edu.

Alice C Parker

Dean’s Professor of Electrical Engineering, University of Southern California

Dr. Alice Cline Parker, an alumna of NC State, obtained both a BSEE in 1970 and a Ph.D. in 1975. She has been a professor since then, serving first in EE at Carnegie Mellon University for 5 years then in EE at the University of Southern California for the past 37 years. She is a Fellow of the IEEE, a teaching award winner in the Viterbi School of Engineering, and a service-award winner given by the South Central Scholars for her volunteer work guiding underrepresented students.

Dr. Parker has been an active researcher first in design automation and presently in neuromorphic circuits. She is one of the founders of the High-Level (Behavioral) Synthesis Field. She is the author of over 180 peer-reviewed publications, and has graduated over 30 Ph.D. students. She has received funding from the Army Research Office, DARPA, NSF, several DoD organizations, IBM, and SRC and has been a consultant to many organizations.

Her more recent accomplishments include the first synapse (part of an electronic neuron) constructed with carbon nanotube transistors, the first analog circuit designs of astrocytes (a cell found in the brain) interacting with circuits modeling neurons, noisy and chaotic analog neural circuits, and a neural network that teaches itself Sudoku-like games with only reward signals to neurons that provide correct guesses.

She attributes her success to her father’s mentoring and early mentoring by Prof. Wayland P. Seagraves in the NC State EE Department.

Mariana Calvo Argus

Class of 2020 Speaker

Mariana Calvo Argus came to NC State University from El Paso, Texas to major in Computer Engineering and minor in Spanish.

During her time at NC State, she has been a dedicated member of the Power Sound of the South Marching Band. She has also spent the past four years as a member of Theta Tau Engineering fraternity, an ambassador for study abroad, and a member of VOLAR, a Spanish speaking volunteer group.

Mariana completed the Global Perspectives Certificate after completing a semester of study abroad in Poznan, Poland. Outside of school, Mariana has used her passion for STEM outreach in her Hispanic community. She has worked with the North Carolina Society of Hispanic Professionals giving out scholarship and STEM programming information to Hispanic families.

Past Graduation Ceremonies

Spring 2020

The Spring Class of 2020 Commencement Ceremony held on May 7, 2020 in at 1:00 pm.
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Fall 2019

The Fall Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony held on December 20, 2019 in Reynolds Coliseum at 4:00 pm.
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Spring 2019

The Spring Class of 2019 Commencement Ceremony held on May 10, 2019 in Reynolds Coliseum at 9:00 am.
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Fall 2018

The Fall Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony held on December 19, 2018 in Reynolds Coliseum at 1:30 pm.
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Spring 2018

The Spring Class of 2018 Commencement Ceremony held on May 10, 2018 in Reynolds Coliseum at 2:00 pm.
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Fall 2017

The Fall Class of 2017 Commencement Ceremony held on December 15, 2017 in Reynolds Coliseum at 1:30 pm.
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Spring 2016

The Spring Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony held on May 5, 2016 in McKimmon Center at 7:30 pm.
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Fall 2016

The Fall Class of 2016 Commencement Ceremony held on December 15, 2016 in Reynolds Coliseum at 10:00 am.
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Spring 2015

The Spring Class of 2015 Commencement Ceremony held on December 16, 2015 in McKimmon Center at 5:30 pm.
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