The papers have been written. The exams have been passed. For almost 2,700 UNCG undergraduate and graduate students, it's time for a little celebration.
Graduates at spring commencement turn their tassels to signify their newly earned degrees.
Spring commencement was held last Friday, May 10, and the Class of 2013 joined the ranks of UNCG alumni. During the ceremony, held in Greensboro Coliseum, Chancellor Linda P. Brady conferred 2,693 degrees, including 2,020 bachelor's degrees, 600 master's degrees, 58 doctoral degrees and 15 Specialist in Education degrees. She was joined onstage by commencement keynote speaker Dr. Norman Anderson, CEO of the American Psychological Association and UNCG alumnus. You can read his full speech at UNCG Now.
Among the many proud graduates were a few that deserve special mention not only for their accomplishments at UNCG, but for the amount of time in which they accomplished them. The first graduates of the UNCG in 3 program completed their time on campus and leave equipped with the same degree that is usually earned in four years. In fact, the very first student to complete the program, Kimberly Daye, graduated in December after only two-and-a-half years. You can read more about these special graduates in UNCG Now's article on the program.
Another special graduate was Tyshea Lewis, the first graduate of the UNCG Guarantee program. The Guarantee, designed to allow high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds to graduate in four years with little to no student loan debt, admitted its first class in the 2010-11 academic year, so most of these young scholars are finishing their third year. Tyshea, however, earned enough college credit during high school to already be designated as a junior when she arrived. She graduated with two degrees one in psychology and another in human development and family studies. Tyshea was profiled by the Greensboro News & Record, and the full article is available on the News & Record web site.
The Alumni Association congratulates and welcomes all of these graduates. You can read more about spring commencement in a full article on the proceedings at UNCG Now.