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MAE Departmental Graduation Ceremony

May 5 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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Class of 2022

We are so excited to celebrate our Spring 2022 graduates!

Seating begins at 1:30 p.m. and the ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are NOT required to attend the graduation ceremony. Following the ceremony, please exit towards Talley Student Union to make way for the departmental graduation ceremony immediately following ours.

Graduates are welcome to invite up to 10 guests to the ceremony to help them celebrate their accomplishments. All guests and graduates are welcome to wear masks or face coverings during the ceremony.

For those who cannot join us in person, visit our YouTube channel and watch the Graduation Ceremony live.

Please arrive promptly at 1:30pm in order to check-in. Below are some important details:

  • Masks are optional for students and their guests.
  • Guests must enter through the main front doors of Reynolds.
  • Guests with accessibility needs should arrive at 1:20pm for early seating
  • All guests will be seated on the 2nd floor – no guests will be allowed to sit on the 1st floor.
  • Students who participate in graduation must wear their regalia.
  • Students must enter through the East entrance.
  • Students will check-in and pick up their name card, then line up with their group.
  • Click here to watch an example of an MAE Hooding Ceremony 
  • Do not bring any personal effects that you do not wish to leave behind.
  • Please stay with your group during line-up, the processional, the ceremony and the recessional.  You do not have to line-up alphabetically as long as you have your name card and remain with your group.
  • Students and guests will be asked to leave from the West side of Reynolds – exiting towards Talley Student Union.  Those with mobility issues may leave out the front of Reynolds.

We look forward to celebrating graduation with you!

For information about the university graduation ceremony, regalia purchasing, diploma information and more, please visit the University Commencement Website.

Commencement Speaker – Robbie Isaac

Robbie Isaac is a 1991 graduate of NC State with a BS in mechanical engineering. She has 27 years of experience in the power and industrial industries. Upon graduation, Robbie accepted a position with Duke Power Company. She was involved in planning, executing and project management of capital and outage projects at fossil fuel and nuclear plants. She decided to change directions from project management and moved to design engineering. She worked at Duke/Fluor Daniel, Shaw, Fluor, CB&I and McDermott designing mechanical systems for 13 coal and gas fired power plants. She recently began working at Haskell providing design management, engineering and consulting services for industrial, pharmaceutical and healthcare clients. Robbie is a licensed professional engineer in North Carolina and South Carolina. She is a member of the NC State MAE Alumni Hall of Fame and the NC State MAE Undergraduate Advisory Board. She volunteers with Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation supporting fundraising events for childhood cancer research. Robbie has one daughter named Marnie.

Graduate Address Speaker – Emily McCain

Dr. Emily McCain defended her PhD in Mechanical Engineering at NC State in June of 2021 under the direction of her advisor, Dr. Katherine Saul, and collaborators and mentors, Dr. Michael Lewek and Dr. Gregory Sawicki. Emily’s research focused on the consequences of neuromuscular and orthopaedic impairments on walking. Her work was supported by the Lord Fellowship and the NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award. In 2021, Emily was awarded the NC State University College of Engineering Doctoral Scholar of the Year. Emily now lives in San Antonio, TX and serves as researcher at the Center for the Intrepid; she is working toward the development of novel orthotics to improve health outcomes for injured Service Members. Outside of work, Emily and her husband Josh enjoy trying new restaurants around San Antonio and camping with their dog Doolin.

Undergraduate Address Speaker – Samantha Kinter

Samantha Kinter is graduating with a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering with a minor in Naval Science from NC State after a successful completion of the 3-year, Seaman to Admiral Commissioning Program for the United States Navy. Sam was an active-duty student here and has just shy of 7 years of service in the Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion Program. She previously worked as a nuclear mechanic and will rejoin the fleet as a submarine officer to continue working in the same community. After the Navy, Sam would like to continue working in the energy industry in some fashion. Some of her favorite classes at NC State were Energy Conservation in Industry with Dr. Terry, Design of Thermal Systems with Dr. Lyons and Leadership and Management with Maj. Arguello from the Naval Science Department. Outside of school, Sam and her boyfriend Matt enjoy traveling and seeing family around the country, learning to golf and spending time with their two dogs, Max and Lena.


May 5
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
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