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UNCG to Hold Commencement Exercises Dec. 18

GREENSBORO – The University of North Carolina at Greensboro will hold commencement exercises Thursday, Dec. 18, at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum, with sociology professor Dr. Rebecca Adams as speaker.

Adams’ address will be titled “Through the Glass Ceiling.” Last spring, she received the Alumni Teaching Excellence Award from UNCG. A faculty member since 1983, Adams' research specialties are friendship patterns and aging.

UNCG Chancellor Patricia A. Sullivan will welcome the graduates and their families, and will play a central role in the ceremony. A reception will follow in the east wing of the Special Events Center.

About 1,450 students will be recognized for completing their degrees during the summer session and fall semester. Among them is Teresa McMillian, recipient of the Overcoming Challenges Award from the American Chemical Society, who will receive her bachelor’s degree in biochemistry. McMillian, 24, is legally blind.
She uses a handheld magnifier to read print and a program that enlarges electronic type to read on her computer. Her glasses correct her vision to 20/200.
“It never really fazed me,” said McMillian, a native of Pilot Mountain. “My sight has never been a problem for me. I’ve never let it be a problem for me.”

In addition to Sullivan and Adams, other participants will include Provost Edward Uprichard; Dr. Walter Salinger, chair of the Faculty Senate; Linda Carlisle, representing the UNCG Board of Trustees; John W. Davis III, member of the UNC Board of Governors, representing the UNC System; C. Thomas Martin, president of the UNCG Alumni Association; Dr. James Petersen, dean of the Graduate School; and graduate student Brent Meadows Harvey, who will be the speaker for the December Class of 2003.

Also taking part in the ceremonies will be UNCG’s academic deans; Dr. Bert Goldman, who is faculty marshal and mace bearer; and Corliss Brown, chief marshal. At the conclusion, the University Bell will be rung by Dot Kendall Kearns, an alumna of the Class of 1953, and the class speaker. The Commencement Brass and Chorus will provide music.

Adams is a fellow of the Gerontological Society of America, a charter fellow of the Association of Gerontology in Higher Education, and has been president of the Southern Sociological Society. Her publications are extensive and include scholarly articles in journals, book chapters and technical reports. A graduate of Trinity College, she received her master's and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Chicago. Her books include "Adult Friendships," "Older Adult Friendship: Structure and Process" and "Crime and Punishment: Changing Attitudes in America."

(12-1-03)

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