Chancellor Kyle Carter has announced that United States Air Force Brigadier General Allen J. Jamerson will be UNC Pembroke’s commencement speaker for two ceremonies that will be held on May 9-10.
A distinguished UNCP graduate, Brig. Gen. Jamerson is director of Security Forces and deputy chief of staff for Logistics, Installations and Mission Support at Air Force Headquarters in Washington, D.C. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice from then Pembroke State University in 1983 and a Bachelor of Science degree in social work in 1986. He was commissioned into the Air Force after completing officer training requirements of UNCP’s Air Force ROTC program in 1986.
Chancellor Carter said Brig. Gen. Jamerson is one of the university’s truly outstanding graduates, and that he is pleased to welcome him back to campus.
“We are delighted that General Jamerson has agreed to address our graduates at commencement,” Dr. Carter said. “To have a leader of his caliber—who is an alumnus, too—is especially gratifying. General Jamerson, better than anyone, can speak to our students from a shared perspective, and I’m looking forward to hearing what he has to say.”
Brig. Gen. Jamerson said his Pembroke experience contributed greatly to his career success. “I am truly honored to address UNC Pembroke's 2014 graduating classes!” he said. “During my graduation ceremony 28 years ago, I remember thinking it would be great to be the graduation speaker someday, but never in my wildest dream did I think that opportunity would come to reality.
“UNCP helped prepare me for the success I’ve enjoyed throughout my Air Force career; it was the perfect situation with a comfortable student population, committed and personable faculty and staff, and the perfect environment to grow and have fun without too many distractions,” he said. “For all that, I am grateful, and sharing my career experiences and thoughts for success with the graduates is a small way to give back to the institution and community!”
With a decorated career and numerous commands, Brig. Gen. Jamerson was promoted to the rank of brigadier general on May 2, 2012. In his current role, he is the focal point for ensuring the physical security of Air Force nuclear assets and planning and programming for more than 37,000 active-duty and reserve security forces at locations worldwide. Brig. Gen. Jamerson provides policy and oversight for protecting Air Force resources from terrorism, criminal acts, sabotage and acts of war and ensures that Security Forces are trained, equipped and ready to support contingency and exercise plans.
His continuing education while in the Air Force is extensive. Brig. Gen. Jamerson earned a Master of Arts degree in strategic studies from the Army War College in 2003 and a Master of Arts degree in human resources from Webster University in 1996. His training in security matters is also extensive.
Prior to his current post, Brig. Gen. Jamerson served as the chief of staff of Headquarters Air Force Materiel Command at Wright-Patterson AFB in Ohio. From 2008 to 2010, he served as wing commander of the 72nd Air Base Wing at Tinker AFB in Oklahoma. Many of his command positions were in security with stops across the U.S. and in Japan.
Brig. Gen. Jamerson has received the Legion of Merit with two oak leaf clusters, the Defense Meritorious Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal with silver leaf cluster, the Joint Service Commendation Medal, the Air Force Commendation Medal and the Air Force Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster.
Married to Dr. Charmain Jamerson, they have two children, Jerard, 24, and Miki, 23. Both children are college graduates and Miki is currently enrolled in graduate school.
Graduate student commencement is scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, May 9, in the Givens Performing Arts Center, and undergraduate ceremonies will be held at 9 a.m. on Saturday, May 10, outdoors on the Quad. The university is expecting approximately 789 graduates (625 undergraduates, 157 graduate students).
For more information about commencement, please visit www.uncp.edu/commencement.