The graduate student ceremony will be held Friday, May 8, 2015 at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center.
Approximately 165 students are expected to graduate. Keynote speaker is North Carolina’s newest Poet Laureate Shelby Stephenson. Stephenson taught creative writing and literature at UNCP for 32 years before his retirement in 2010. He also edited Pembroke Magazine, UNCP’s literary journal, and has authored numerous books of poetry.
Parking is available on the north and south sides of the Givens Performing Arts Center and the east of the James B. Chavis University Center, accessible via Odum Street/Prospect Road. Handicapped accessible parking is available in the lot directly east of the Chavis University Center and University Center Annex and the small lot north of Givens Performing Arts Center.
Please arrive early. Entrance to the auditorium open at 6 p.m. All guests should be seated no later than 6:45 p.m.
The UNCP Bookstore will be selling roses, balloons and greeting cards in the lobby of the GPAC, beginning at 6:30 p.m.
GRAD IMAGES will take a photo of each graduate during the ceremony. Information will be mailed after Commencement.
For more information about the graduate Commencement, contact the School of Graduate Studies at 910.521.6271 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events
Graduate students are to meet in the Auxiliary Gym of the Jones Center by 5:45 p.m.
Faculty and administrators are to robe and line-up in the first floor of Lumbee Hall by 6 p.m.
Trustees, executive staff, and the platform party, including deans, are to line-up in room 1167 of the Jones Center.
|6:00 p.m.||Entrance to main gym opens for family and guests|
|6:55 p.m.||Entrance closes; Prelude by University Band|
|7:00 p.m.||Processional of graduates, faculty, and platform party|
|A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the University Center Annex, adjacent to the Givens Performing Arts Center.|