Johnson & Wales Announces 2023 Commencement Plans for Charlotte Campus

Story by JWU Media Relations , on Mar 15, 2023 11:00 AM


CHARLOTTE, N.C. — March 15, 2023 – Johnson & Wales University (JWU) today announced plans for its Charlotte Campus Commencement ceremony in May. The university will hold its formal ceremony at the Bojangles Coliseum on Thursday, May 4. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m. and doors will open at 1 p.m.

“The two most important days in a student's life are the first day of classes and graduation,” said Chancellor Mim Runey, LP.D. “In May, we will celebrate our students’ achievements and the work we have done to educate and support them during their time – and through a pandemic – at Johnson & Wales University.” 

During the Charlotte Campus ceremony, JWU will award one honorary doctorate degree to David Burke, an internationally acclaimed chef and restaurateur. Considered a leading pioneer in American cooking, he will deliver the event’s keynote address.  

Learn more about Commencement at Johnson & Wales University  

About JWU 

Founded in 1914, Johnson & Wales University is a private, nonprofit, accredited institution with more than 8,000 graduate, undergraduate and online students at its campuses in Providence, Rhode Island and Charlotte, North Carolina. An innovative educational leader, the university offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs in arts and sciences, business, engineering, food innovation, hospitality, nutrition, health and wellness. It also offers undergraduate programs in culinary arts, dietetics and design. JWU’s unique model provides students with personalized attention, academic expertise and industry connections that inspire professional success and personal growth. The time students spend at JWU is nothing short of transformative, as demonstrated by career outcomes, expected earnings and economic mobility rankings. The university’s impact is global, with alumni in 125 countries pursuing careers worldwide. For more information, visit