Approximately 8,500 Graduates Expected to Receive Diplomas at Charlotte's Historic Venues

Published: 
May 11, 2017

Graduations for local high schools and colleges set for Bojangles’ Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium May through July

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (May 11, 2017) – Two iconic Charlotte venues will welcome more than 100,000 guests over the next few months but not for the typical rock shows, rodeos and performances that Bojangles’ Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium are typically known for hosting. Graduation season will welcome nearly 30 commencements split among both venues, where approximately 8,500 high school and college graduates are expected to accept their diplomas with family and friends cheering them on. Graduating at Bojangles' Coliseum and Ovens Auditorium has been a long-standing tradition for many local high schools and colleges, and past graduates often share those traditions with their children and even grandchildren.

“From cheering on the Checkers to their high school or college graduations, both venues have become an integral piece of Charlotte history,” says Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) CEO Tom Murray. “We hear from so many Charlotte residents reminiscing about the experiences they've had at these venues, and we’re excited to see these historic gems being embraced each graduation season by the community."

Graduation ceremonies begin on May 12 with Gaston College and will continue throughout the next few months with Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools (CMS), Central Piedmont Community College, Charlotte Catholic High School and the Military & Global Leadership Academy, among others.

Below is a full schedule of upcoming graduations:
*Please note that heavy traffic may occur on Independence Boulevard at or around the following times.

BOJANGLES' COLISEUM

DATE

VENUE

SCHOOL

TIME

Friday, May 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

Gaston College

4 p.m.

Thursday, May 18

Bojangles' Coliseum

Central Piedmont Community College

4 p.m.

Thursday, May 18

Bojangles' Coliseum

Central Piedmont Community College High School

9:30 a.m.

Friday, June 2

Bojangles' Coliseum

Charlotte Catholic High School

5 p.m.

Saturday, June 10

Bojangles' Coliseum

Independence High School

12:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 10

Bojangles' Coliseum

East Mecklenburg High School

4 p.m.

Saturday, June 10

Bojangles' Coliseum

William Amos Hough High School

7:30 p.m.

Monday, June 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

Rocky River High School

8:30 a.m.

Monday, June 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

David W. Butler High School

Noon

Monday, June 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

Providence High School

3:30 p.m.

Monday, June 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

Ardrey Kell High School

7 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13

Bojangles' Coliseum

Garinger High School

8:30 a.m.

Tuesday, June 13

Bojangles' Coliseum

South Mecklenburg High School

Noon

Tuesday, June 13

Bojangles' Coliseum

West Mecklenburg High School

3:30 p.m.

Tuesday, June 13

Bojangles' Coliseum

Berry Academy of Technology

7 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Bojangles' Coliseum

West Charlotte High School

8:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Bojangles' Coliseum

Olympic High School

Noon

Wednesday, June 14

Bojangles' Coliseum

Harding University High School

3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 12

Bojangles' Coliseum

CMS Summer School

TBD

OVENS AUDITORIUM

DATE

VENUE

SCHOOL

TIME

Tuesday, May 23

Ovens Auditorium

Harper Middle College High School

2 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23

Ovens Auditorium

Levine Middle College High School

4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 23

Ovens Auditorium

Cato Middle College High School

7 p.m.

Monday, June 12

Ovens Auditorium

Hawthorne High School

8 a.m.

Monday, June 12

Ovens Auditorium

iMeck Academy at Cochrane

11:30 a.m.

Monday, June 12

Ovens Auditorium

Military & Global Leadership Academy

3 p.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Ovens Auditorium

Performance Learning Center

8 a.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Ovens Auditorium

Northwest School of the Arts

11:30 a.m.

Wednesday, June 14

Ovens Auditorium

eLearning Academy and Lincoln Heights Academy

3 p.m.

 


About Bojangles’ Coliseum
Bojangles’ Coliseum first opened in 1955 as the largest unsupported steel dome coliseum in the nation. Since then, the multipurpose venue has hosted a wide array of concerts, sporting events, family shows and other diverse entertainment events. The celebrated facility has been known by many names: Charlotte Coliseum, Independence Arena, Cricket Arena and currently Bojangles’ Coliseum. bojanglescoliseum.com

About Ovens Auditorium
Ovens Auditorium, located adjacent to Bojangles' Coliseum, opened in 1955. With a seating capacity of approximately 2,400, Ovens has hosted more than 7,000 events including Broadway shows, symphony concerts, opera, dance recitals and nationally known speakers. ovensauditorium.com