UNCG Integrative Community Studies will hold its commencement ceremony on Tuesday, May 7. The public is invited to attend the event at 9:30 a.m. in Aycock Auditorium.

Integrative Community Studies (ICS) students attend UNCG through the Beyond Academics program, an inclusive, post-secondary education option for students with intellectual and developmental disabilities. During their four years at the university, ICS students work to earn course credits and meet requirements in the areas of community inclusion, self-determination and independent living, with a particular focus on developing meaningful career plans.

Graduating students receive ICS certificates from the UNCG Office of Undergraduate Studies. The certification indicates that students are prepared for 21st century jobs and engagement in civic, social and personal responsibilities that will improve the communities in which they live.

Dr. Patricia Porter will deliver the commencement address.  Porter served 14 years as chief of the Developmental Disability Services Section of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. During her tenure, North Carolina experienced the greatest growth in community programs and services for people with developmental disabilities in the history of the state, far exceeding the national average. Porter, who has also served as clinical director of the Center for Disorders of Development and Learning at UNC School of Medicine, holds a Ph.D. in special education with an emphasis in human services management from UNC Chapel Hill.

For more information about Integrative Community Studies and Beyond Academics, visit beyondacademics.uncg.edu.