Commencement is a ceremony that traditionally marks the conclusion of one’s academic life, but this event also represents a beginning. Whether graduates continue onto advanced studies, enter the workforce or just start the rest of their lives, it is definitely an occasion to celebrate.
For UNC Charlotte, this year marks a unique milestone as the University will recognize its 100,000th alumnus during ceremonies on Saturday, May 12. To help celebrate, past alumni association presidents will be on hand, along with a member of the Class of 1965, the first graduating class following the University's designation as the fourth member of the statewide system.
Nearly 3,500 students, along with family, friends and others, will gather for the 2012 spring commencement, being held in two ceremonies in Halton Arena, located in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center.
The College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences and the Graduate School will confer degrees at 10:00 AM. The Belk College of Business, College of Arts + Architecture, College of Computing and Informatics, College and Health and Human Services, Lee College of Engineering and the Graduate School will award degrees at 3:00 PM.
Saturday, May 12.
L. Howard Godfrey, a professor of accounting in the Belk College of Business, will be 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 are eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees; 991 graduate students are expected to earn advanced degrees, including 48 who will receive doctorates.
For students who were unable to obtain enough tickets for guests, there will be a large viewing room set up near Halton Arena. Guests who wish to take advantage of this venue should check in at the Student Activity Center Ticket Office.
UNC Charlotte also will offer a live video stream of the ceremonies via the World Wide Web. Adobe Flash Player will be needed to view the video stream. More details are posted on the graduation website.
Residents in the Charlotte area will be able to see a live broadcast of each ceremony through UNC Charlotte Cable Television Channel 22 via Time Warner Cable.