The 2016 Installation Ceremony is set for April 8 at Givens Performing Arts Center


Dr. Robin Gary CummingsUNC Pembroke will install Dr. Robin Gary Cummings as the 6th chancellor on Friday, April 8, 2016. 

The historic 2016 Installation Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. at Givens Performing Arts Center. Guests are asked to be seated no later than 2:45 pm. UNC President Margaret Spellings and other distinguished guests will join the ceremony. 

Prior to coming to UNC Pembroke, Dr. Cummings was a cardiothoracic surgeon. He later served as medical director and executive director of Community Care of the Sandhills. He later was named deputy secretary for Health Services and acting state health director. Cummings was elected by the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in May 2015. He began his new appointment two months later.  

Before the pomp and circumstance, UNC Pembroke will kick off the week with the UNCP Community Action Day. The event will be held from 8:30 am to 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. UNC Pembroke students, faculty and staff will register on the lawn in front of the UC Annex. Community members will meet at 9:15 a.m. at the Lumbee Tribe Cultural Center. The cultural center is located at 638 Terry Sanford Road, Maxton. Volunteers will join together to provide community service projects. 

April 6 – Vivian R. Jacobson, a speaker for the North Carolina Humanities Council is hosting an invitation-only presentation featuring paintings by 20th century artist Marc Chagall and musical background by Elvis Presley. Jacobson, of Pinehurst, has lectured for groups in the United States and abroad. The event is free, but RSVPS and tickets are required. For information, call 521-6252. 

April 7 – The 2016 Entrepreneurship Summit will feature keynote speaker Carolina Panther’s All-Pro linebacker Thomas Davis who competed in the Super Bowl 50. It will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Givens Performing Arts Center. The event will also feature a trade show, speaker series and Battle of the Businesses competition. 

Other speakers include Rowland native and former NFL pro Vonta Leach; Michael Robinson, a former UNCP basketball player who, along with his brother, owns Carolina’s Vineyard and Hops in Winston-Salem; and April Gonzalez, a Women’s Business Ownership representative with the U.S. Small Business Administration. 

April 7-8 –​ The 12th annual Southeast Indian Studies Conference will be held in the Thomas Assembly Room in Old Main. The purpose of the conference is to provide a forum for discussion of the culture, history, art, health and contemporary issues of Native Americans in the Southeast. The conference serves as a critical venue for scholars, students and all persons interested in American Indian Studies in the region. The keynote speaker is LeAnn Howe, an author of novels, plays, poetry, screenplays, and scholarship that deal with Native experiences. A Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma citizen, her latest book, Choctalking on Other Realities (2013) won the inaugural 2014 MLA Prize for Studies in Native American Literatures, Cultures, and Languages. She received the Western Literature Association’s 2015 Distinguished Achievement Award for her body of work. Howe will speak at 1:30 pm at the Moore Hall Auditorium on April 8.

​April 7 – The UNC Pembroke Faculty Quintet will host a Brass Spectacular event at the Moore Hall Auditorium. The event begins at 7:30 p.m. Founded in 2007, the UNCP Faculty Brass Quintet is one of the most active chamber ensembles in the region. Current members are Dr. Timothy Altman and Mr. Aaron Vandermeer on trumpet, Steve Skillman on horn, Dr. Chad Horsley on trombone, and Dr. Joanna Ross Hersey on tuba.  

April 8 – The 2016 Installation Ceremony will begin at 3 p.m. at Givens Performing Arts Center. UNC System President Margaret Spellings will preside over the ceremony, which will feature an address by Chancellor Cummings as well as remarks by an array of special guests. The ceremony is open to the public and will be followed by a community reception at the English E. Jones Center. 

April 9 – A Black and Gold Celebration will be held beginning at 7 p.m. at the University Center Annex. An elegant night of dining, dancing and live music, featuring The Pizazz Band will conclude the Installation exercises for the week. Attendees are asked to dress in black and gold formal wear for the black tie event. The cost for a table of eight is $1,000; $175 for couples, and $100 for singles. 

To RSVP, call 910.521.6252. Please make checks payable to Office of Advancement, UNC Pembroke. Payments are also accepted online at

For more information about the 2016 Instillation Ceremony for Chancellor Cummings and the week-long events, visit 

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