NCWU Commencement Ceremony

On Saturday, May 4, 2024, North Carolina Wesleyan University celebrated its Spring Commencement with more than 300 graduates at the Rocky Mount Event Center. This year’s commencement speaker was Dr. Kara Renai King who is the Vice President and Site Lead for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals- Rocky Mount facility. Congratulations to ALL of our NCWU graduates!

2024 Graduation Photo Gallery

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May 2024 Commencement Speaker

Dr. Kara Renai King

As Vice President and Site Lead for Pfizer Pharmaceuticals– Rocky Mount facility, Dr. Kara Renai King is responsible for one of the largest sterile injectable facilities in the world, with more than 1.4 million square feet of manufacturing space on 250 acres in Eastern North Carolina. Nearly 25 percent of Pfizer’s sterile injectables used in U.S. hospitals are produced at the site.  A wide range of products are produced at Rocky Mount, including anesthesia, analgesia, therapeutics, anti-infectives and neuromuscular blockers. These products are available in small volume presentations, such as ampules, vials and syringes. More than 200 million units are processed at the Rocky Mount site annually to help treat patients around the world.

Dr. King holds a bachelor’s degree in Biology from Hampton University, a Masters’s degree in Cell Biology & Biotechnology from University of the Sciences, and a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from Eastern University.

Dr. King is recognized as an expert on leadership who has extensive experience in the biopharmaceutical industry in both traditional and contract development manufacturing organizations. Her experience ranges from early drug product development to commercial operations. She has held leadership roles in Quality, Tech Ops and Drug Product Operations (from bulk product manufacturing to finishing). She joined Pfizer in 2021 following successful leadership roles with Minaris Regenerative Medicine and Merck.

Dr. King delivers value to organizations through her servant leadership style complimented by her strong foundation in science, strategic mindset, and the ability to create an environment that fosters joy, creativity and innovation. Hallmarks of her leadership are building high performing teams, elevating leadership capability, and delivering results.

Under her leadership, Pfizer and NCWU have forged a strong partnership that provides extraordinary opportunities to Wesleyan’s students and graduates, and that partnership was made stronger by our shared efforts to overcome the devastation of last summer’s tornado.  Dr. King’s approach to leadership and strategic vision will provide an inspiring example to our graduates.

Dr. King has long demonstrated engagement in and solicitude for the community in which she lives and works. She utilizes her skills, experience and resources to invest in the local community and help others achieve their dreams.  Among her many community service activities, Dr. King sits on the boards of Eastern University and the International Leadership Association (ILA), and she serves as the Treasurer for Silver Lining Sports.

Can’t Join us for Commencement? Watch our Live Stream.

Many graduates have friends and family that are unable to attend this important milestone. So, we have set up a live broadcast of the ceremony. Live feed will begin around 9:50 am ET on May 4, 2024.

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Directions to Rocky Mount Event Center

Parking at the Event Center

The attached map outlines parking directions for all graduates.  All graduates will park in “Lot A” or “Lot B” at the rear entrance of the Event Center. Please bring your student ID if possible to show to the officer that will be working “Lot A” and “Lot B”.

There will be additional parking around the facility for your friends and family. View map of RMEC parking.