Commencement is a ceremony that traditionally marks the conclusion of one’s academic life, but this milestone 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.
On Saturday, May 14, more than 3,300 students, along with family, friends and loved ones, will gather for UNC Charlotte’s spring commencement in the Barnhardt Student Activity Center, Halton Arena.
Two ceremonies will be held. 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.
During the afternoon ceremony, Chancellor Emeritus Jim Woodward will receive an honorary Doctor of Public Service in recognition of his many contributions to the University, the greater Charlotte region, the state and the nation. Woodward served 16 years as UNC Charlotte’s third chancellor, during which time the University introduced its first doctoral programs and matured into the state’s urban research institution.
In the morning, Diane Browder, Snyder Distinguished Professor of Special Education, will be recognized as the 2011 recipient of the prestigious O. Max Gardner Award, the UNC system’s highest teaching honor.
In total, 2,367 undergraduate students are eligible to receive bachelor’s degrees; 977 graduate students are expected to earn advanced degrees, including 27 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.
Photo by Wade Bruton.