President Nido R. Qubein
Each year, President Nido R. Qubein inspires graduates and their families to plant seeds of greatness throughout their journey in life. This special address for all candidates for graduation and their guests is one of the most anticipated traditions surrounding Commencement Weekend.

Dr. Qubein is the recipient of the highest awards given for professional speakers including the Cavett (known as the Oscar of professional speaking), and many other honors such as the Ellis Island Medal of Honor, the Horatio Alger Award for Distinguished Americans, and the Order of the Long Leaf Pine. As a business leader, he is chairman of Great Harvest Bread Company and past president of the Big South Athletic Conference. He serves on the boards of several national organizations including BB&T, the La-Z-Boy Corporation, and DOTS. He is also the author of many books and audio programs, and teaches the President’s Seminar on Life Skills to all freshmen and the President’s Senior Seminar at HPU.


Complimentary tickets are required for this event, and must be picked up in advance. Each graduate is required to have a ticket. There is no limit on the number of tickets available for each graduate. Seating inside the Conference Center is available on a first come, first served basis. A ticket does not guarantee a seat inside the Conference Center. Overflow seating will be provided.

Tickets may be picked up on the Slane Student Center track on April 28 from 8:30am-8:00pm. From April 29 to May 6, tickets may be picked up during normal office hours (8:30am-5:00pm Monday-Friday and 10:00am-2:00pm Saturday) at the Slane Student Center Concierge Desk.

August and December 2021 candidates for graduation who are not able to pick up tickets at the designated location are asked to contact the Campus Concierge at (336) 841-4636.

General Information

Appropriate dress for this event is business attire.

The class photo and toast will be immediately following the ceremony at Vert Stadium.

Guests are encouraged to park in the new parking lot located at 1315 University Parkway and use the complimentary shuttles to the Nido and Mariana Qubein Arena and Conference Center. Shuttles will begin at 9:30am. Wheelchair accessible vehicles will be provided.

All attendees of Onward with Faithful Courage can redeem their Onward with Faithful Courage ticket for complimentary lunch immediately following the ceremony at all open campus dining locations.  All open dining locations will be also be accepting cash.