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The One-Hundredth and Seventh Commencement
honoring May 1999 Graduates

Greensboro Coliseum
Greensboro, North Carolina

Ten O'Clock
Sunday morning, May 16
Nineteen Hundred and Ninety-Nine


Names of May 1999 degree candidates appearing in this program are for informational purposes only. Final clearance for graduation will not be complete until all grades from Spring Semester 1999 are reported.

In addition, the honors shown in the Commencement program for May undergraduates are based on work taken through Fall Semester 1998. Since Spring Semester grades had not been reported at the time this program was printed, some modifications in the tentative honors shown will have to be made. Adjustments will be made following the recording of the Spring Semester 1999 grades.


History of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was established by legislative enactment on February 18, 1891 and opened its doors on October 5, 1892.

The institution came into being as a direct result of the efforts of Dr. Charles Duncan McIver on behalf of the education of women. To Dr. McIver, more than any other individual, the University owes its foundation. He became its first president and served until his death in 1906.

Since its founding, the institution's name has been changed several times: 1891-1919State Normal and Industrial College; 1919-1932 North Carolina College for Women; 1932-1963 The Woman's College of the University of North Carolina. In the 1963 General Assembly the name was changed to The University of North Carolina at Greensboro and by the same Act the institution became co-educational. In the fall of 1964 the first class of male students was admitted. In 1972 the General Assembly in special session merged all State supported institutions of Higher Education into The University of North Carolina without changing the names of each campus. Thus, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro is now a member of the 16-campus University.

From a student body of 223 and a faculty of 15 in 1892, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro has grown to a student body of 12,700, including some 2,700 graduate students, and a faculty of 582.

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro includes the following academic units: the College of Arts and Sciences; the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics; School of Education; School of Health and Human Performance; School of Human Environmental Sciences; School of Music; and School of Nursing. The University offers six different bachelors degrees in over 100 fields of study, twelve masters degrees in a wide variety of concentrations, and three doctoral degrees in 15 areas of study.


The Commencement Ceremony

The Processional

The order of the procession is fixed by custom with the position of greatest honor being at the end of the line. The procession is led by the faculty marshal bearing the Mace. Degree candidates enter next, both undergraduate and graduate, with student marshals leading the columns. The faculty follow the degree candidates. Following the faculty are the representatives of the Trustees, General Administration, Speaker, deans, guests, and Chancellor.

The Mace

The Mace is a ceremonial insignia of the University in a tradition which dates back to antiquity. Hand-chased in sterling silver, it bears academic motifs depicting the history of the institution and is carried by the Faculty Marshal on official occasions. The Mace of the University of North Carolina at Greensboro was presented by the Class of 1926 to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation and the Bicentennial of the Nation. It was first carried at Commencement in 1978.

The Chain-of-Office

The Chain-of-Office is worn by the Chancellor of the University on occasions when the Mace is carried. The ceremonial medallion, hand-chased in sterling silver, bears the seal of the University, and indicates that the Chancellor is the temporary embodiment of the authority vested in the institution. The Chain-of-Office of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro was presented by the Class of 1929 on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation and was worn by the Chancellor for the first time at the 1979 Commencement.

The Class of 1940 chose to complete the original design of the Chain-of-Office on the occasion of the fiftieth anniversary of its graduation. Each link of the sterling silver neck chain is an individually cast laurel leaf. The medallion clasp, also in sterling silver, bears the Great Seal of the State of North Carolina. The completed Chain-of-Office was worn by the Chancellor for the first time at the 1990 Commencement.

The University Flag

The University Flag made its debut on campus in the academic processional for Patricia A. Sullivan's installation as Chancellor of the University on October 2, 1995. The flag bears the traditional colors of gold and white, which were first used in the commencement ceremony of 1894, as well as navy, which was added as the third color in 1987. The University Seal, depicting the likeness of Minerva, appears on both sides of the flag. The UNCG Board of Trustees approved the design as the official flag of the institution on September 7, 1995.

The Academic Banners

The Academic Banners represent the constituent parts of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro: The Graduate School; the College of Arts and Sciences, and the six professional schoolsThe Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, the School of Education, the School of Health and Human Performance, the School of Human Environmental Sciences, the School of Music, and the School of Nursing. The designs are unique to this University; the colors have historical association with the respective academic disciplines. The banners are a memorial to Marguerite Norman Felton, teacher of Chemistry at The University from 1956 to 1979.

The Banner Bearers

  • The Graduate School, Jacqueline Serbu
  • The College of Arts and Sciences, Sonya D. Link
  • The Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, Bryan P. Marshall
  • The School of Education, Mary Elizabeth Minter
  • The School of Health and Human Performance, Anita D. Kirkpatrick
  • The School of Human Environmental Sciences, Frantz F. Dautruche
  • The School of Music, Jennifer L. Hance
  • The School of Nursing, Ramesh C. Upadhyaya

Academic Regalia

Academic costumes seem to have originated at the Universities of Oxford and Cambridge about 650 years ago; and to this date, the most colorful gowns in the world are those worn at Oxford functions. Williams College in the United States used the academic regalia first in 1883. In 1932, a revised Intercollegiate Code on Academic Regalia was presented by a committee appointed by the American Council on Education and only a few minor changes have been made since that date.

The Bachelor's gown is worn closed and is distinguished by its long, pointed sleeves. The Master's gown has a long sleeve, oblong in shape with an arc cut out at the bottom and the forearm protrudes through the slit at the elbow. The Doctor's gown is designed to be worn open but has a velvet panel draped around the neck and extending down the front. Three horizontal bars are stitched on the upper region of the bell shaped sleeves. The velvet trimming may be black or the color distinctive to the faculty to which the degree refers.

In the United States, the hood is the most noticeable feature of the regalia. Its size and shape marks the degree of the wearer. The hood initially had three functions: as a covering for the head, as a cape, or when hanging from the shoulder, as a bag in which alms were collected. Hoods for American usage were lined with colored silk. The colors of the linings are indicative of the degree-granting institution, and the velvet trim indicates the degree awarded. The colors of The University of North Carolina at Greensboro are gold, white, and blue, with gold and white being used in the hood. The outside of the hood is black and bordered with velvet or velveteen to indicate the discipline. The degree and not the department in which the major work was done governs the proper color of the border.

The Master's hood is six inches in length. The Doctoral hood has a rounded base and is four feet in length. The borders of the Masters', and Doctors' hoods are three and five inches respectively.

Each of the colors used in the hood borders has historical association. Below is a list of the department or discipline colors:





Arts, Letters, Humanities


Business Administration,
Commercial Science






Education, Pedagogy

Light Blue



Fine Arts, Architecture




Home Economics



Dark Crimson



Library Science









Silver Gray







Public Administration

Peacock Blue

Public Health


Physical Education

Sage Green


Golden Yellow

Social Service


Surgical Chiropody

Nile Green

Theology and Divinity


Veterinary Science



The cap is worn both indoors and out when gowns are used. The tassel is worn on the right until the degree is conferred. It is then moved to the left front quarter and may be of color indicating the major field when worn by the undergraduate. The black or gold tassel is appropriate for the doctorate and black for the masters.

The History of the University Bell

Following the benediction, the University Bell will ring in honor of the Graduates. The University Bell sounded the opening of the State Normal and Industrial School (now UNCG) on October 5, 1892. For forty years until electric bells were installed it marked the significant moments of the day. The University Bell hung from a belfry in the Anniversary Plaza from 1967 until 1987 when it was removed for the purpose of restoration. The Class of 1940, in celebration of the 50th anniversary of its graduation, commissioned the restoration of the University Bell.

University Marshals

Escorts for all lines of march during Commencement and ushers at entries to the Coliseum are provided by the University Marshals, an academic honorary organization composed of full-time upperclass students with academic averages of 3.65 or greater. These students may be recognized by the gold sashes which they wear during the ceremonies.

University Ambassadors

The University Ambassadors, founded in 1990, is a student organization dedicated to serving the needs of the University as campus tour guides, student orientation assistants, and student recruitment volunteers. They offer support for various alumni activities and serve as hosts for numerous University events such as Commencement.


Program of Events and Participants



The University Commencement Band
John R. Locke and Nicholas V. Holland, III, Conductors


The University Commencement Chorus
Richard Cox and Maribeth Yoder-White, Conductors


Crown Imperial (Coronation March, 1937)
composed by William Walton

performed by The University Commencement Band
John R. Locke, Conductor

Faculty Marshal and Mace Bearer
Robert M. Calhoon
Professor, Department of History


Jeff Rosner
North Carolina Hillel Foundation for Jewish Life on Campus


America the Beautiful
composed by Samuel A. Ward

Audience Participation
performed by The University Commencement Band and Chorus

O beautiful for spacious skies,
for amber waves of grain,
For purple mountain majesties
above the fruited plain.

America, America,
God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood,
from sea to shining sea.

O beautiful for patriot dream,
that sees beyond the years,
Thine alabaster cities gleam,
undimmed by human tears.

America, America,
God shed His grace on thee,
and crown thy good with brotherhood,
from sea to shining sea.

Greetings from the Faculty and Introduction of the Chancellor

C. Thomas Lambeth

Chair, Faculty Senate;
Associate Professor, Department of Housing and Interior Design

Welcome and Introduction of the Platform Party

Patricia A. Sullivan

Greetings from UNC General Administration

Judith Pulley
Vice President for Planning, The University of North Carolina

Greetings from The UNC Board of Governors

Jim W. Phillips, Jr.
Board of Governors, The University of North Carolina

Greetings from the UNCG Alumni Association

Judge A. Elizabeth Keever, '72
President, UNCG Alumni Association

Greetings from the Class of 1999

Matthew W. Hughey
Speaker for the Class of 1999


Battle Hymn of the Republic
composed by Julia Ward Howe and William Steffe
performed by The University Commencement Band and Chorus

Introduction of the Commencement Speaker

Patricia A. Sullivan

Commencement Address

"Take It With You"
Fred D. Chappell
Poet Laureate of North Carolina;
Burlington Industries Professor, Department of English

Authorization for the Conferring of Degrees

Betty C. Ervin
UNCG Board of Trustees

Conferring of Degrees

Patricia A. Sullivan

Presentation of Honorary Degree Candidates

C. Thomas Lambeth

Reading of Citations and Conferring of Honorary Degrees

Patricia A. Sullivan

Hooding of Honorary Degree Recipients

A. Edward Uprichard

Presentation of Degree Candidates

A. Edward Uprichard

Graduate Degrees

Brad Bartel
Dean of the Graduate School

Baccalaureate Degrees

Academic Deans
for the College of Arts and Sciences, Walter H. Beale
for the Joseph M. Bryan School of Business and Economics, James K. Weeks
for the School of Education, David G. Armstrong
for the School of Health and Human Performance, Robert W. Christina
for the School of Human Environmental Sciences, Helen A. Shaw
for the School of Music, Arthur R. Tollefson
for the School of Nursing, Lynne G. Pearcey

Presentations of Students Graduating with Honors

A. Edward Uprichard

Concluding Remarks

Patricia A. Sullivan

The Alma Mater

We raise our voices, let them swell
In a chorus loud and strong;
The rolling hills send back the sound
Of our triumphant song.
For in one great unbroken band
With loyal hearts and true,
Your sons and daughters stand and sing
University, to you.


Jeff Rosner

Ringing of the University Bell

Barbara Apostolacus Lipscomb
for the Class of 1949

Matthew W. Hughey
for the Class of 1999


performed by The University Commencement Band

Other Program Participants

Chief Marshal, Lucy Brent Robbins
Assistant Chief Marshal, Ryan Marie Hall
Assistant Chief Marshal, Alicia Joy Hoffman
Interpreter for the Hearing Impaired, Elisa Laird