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Spotlight: Celebrating Our 100,000th Graduate

Date Published:
Wednesday, May 16, 2012

This year marks a unique milestone as the University recognized its 100,000th alumnus during ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. To help celebrate, past alumni association presidents were on hand, along with members of some of the University’s first graduating classes.

At the morning commencement ceremony, Fabian Elliott, a marketing major from Fayetteville, was honored as UNC Charlotte's 100,000th graduate. Also attending the ceremony were Al Miller, a member of the first graduating class in 1950, when UNC Charlotte was Charlotte College, and Gary Gummerson, a member of the class of 1965, who went to Charlotte College when it moved to the current campus.

Nearly 3,500 students, along with family, friends and others, gathered for the 2012 spring commencement, which was held in two ceremonies in Halton Arena, located in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.

L. Howard Godfrey, a professor of accounting in the Belk College of Business, was recognized as the 2012 recipient of UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence during the afternoon ceremony. The honor is presented to a faculty member at each UNC system institution to emphasize the importance of teaching.

In total, 2,464 undergraduate students received bachelor’s degrees; 991 graduate students earned advanced degrees, including 48 who received doctorates.

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Photo courtesy of Debra Laird, The Charlotte Observer