Graduate Studies and Research Commencement Speaker
North Carolina’s newest Poet Laureate, Shelby Stephenson will give the commencement address for the Graduate Studies and Research ceremony on May 8. 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 many books of poetry.
Undergraduate Commencement Speaker
New York Times bestselling author Wes Moore will give the undergraduate address on May 9. Moore’s novel “The Other Wes Moore” was the required reading assignment for incoming UNCP freshmen in 2014. Moore is a graduate of Johns Hopkins University and a Rhodes Scholar who studied international Relations at Oxford University. After his studies, he became a paratrooper and Captain in the United States Army, serving a tour of duty in Afghanistan. He has also served as a White House fellow to Secretary of State Condeleeza Rice.