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UNCP sends off a record graduating class
by Ashley Cole, Editor
May 16, 2013
On May 3, 184 graduate students received their master's degree. The following morning, 605 undergraduate students walked across the stage on the Quad.
At the graduate commencement, the class of 1979 was recognized. The eight students received the university's first graduate degrees.
UNCP's graduate program has a big milestone coming up in the fall when the first class of the new Master of Science in Nursing program comes in.
5,000 people packed on the Quad to witness the undergraduate commencement.
In addition to the 605 baccalaureate degrees conferred, an honorary doctorate degree was awarded to Arlinda Locklear, a Pembroke native and Washington D.C. attorney.
Locklear served as the commencement speaker for both ceremonies.
Family members of the first students to receive baccalaureate degrees from the university in 1940 were recognized as well.
Physics professor and Iraqi war veteran Dr. Tim Ritter was the grand marshal for the commencements. UNC Board of Governors member Frank Grainger presented Dr. Ritter with the UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
Director of GPAC Patricia Fields and University Communications and Marketing web publisher Lawrence Locklear were presented with the 2013 Chancellor's Award of Excellence. The duo received the award for their work as co-chairs of the 125th Anniversary Celebration Committee.
UNCP Newswire story on commencement »»
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