Nearly 2,500 Spartans will join in celebration this Friday, May 6, as they receive their degrees at UNCG’s 2016 May Commencement. The ceremony, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

UNCG will award approximately 2,466 earned degrees: 1,788 bachelor’s degrees, 587 master’s degrees, 74 doctoral degrees and 17 specialist in education degrees. Eighty-four of those degrees will be awarded to international students, making this year’s group of graduating international students the largest in UNCG’s history. The 84 international students represent 33 countries.

Additionally, UNCG will present honorary degrees to William F. “Bill” Black and Dr. Harold A. Schiffman. Black, the former executive vice president of Southern National Bank (now BB&T), will receive a doctor of humane letters for his contributions to human welfare. Schiffman, a professor emeritus of the Florida State University School of Music, will receive a doctor of letters for his contributions to the performing arts. In 2012, UNCG’s Harold Schiffman Music Library was named in honor of him and his generous gift to the university.

The Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching will be presented to Dr. Gregory Grieve, an associate professor in the Department of Religious Studies.

Denise Turner Roth, the 21st Senate-confirmed administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) and the former city manager of Greensboro, will deliver the commencement address. Psychology major Christopher McCoy will address the Class of 2016 as the student speaker.

Burlington Industries Excellence Professor Dr. L. DiAnne Borders will serve as the faculty marshal and mace bearer. Catherine Choi, who will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in sociology, will make brief remarks during the tassel turning ceremony as political science major Dillon Tyler leads students in turning their tassels.

Nancye Baker Bryan ’66 will join graduating senior Ashley Helms, an education major, in the ringing of the university bell to close out the ceremony and begin the recessional.

Parking at the coliseum is free for students and their guests. As a service to the campus community, Park & Ride buses will transport students, staff and faculty between campus and the coliseum on Friday. Buses will depart campus every 30 minutes beginning at 7 a.m., with the final shuttle returning to campus at 1 p.m. Passengers may board the bus on Stirling Street in front of the Elliott University Center.

For those who cannot attend the ceremony in person, a live stream of the event will be available online.

To learn more about May Commencement and to access the live stream, visit the Commencement Central website here.


Are you or is someone you know graduating on Friday? Help us celebrate the special day on social media by:

Photo of Spartan Selfie sign in garden area on campus

  • Taking a picture with one of our Spartan Selfie signs on campus and sharing it using the #uncggrad hashtag. The signs are located in front of Shaw Residence Hall, Moran Commons, Elliott University Center and Jackson Library; on College Avenue near the Petty Science Building; behind the Alumni House; across from the Eberhart Building; and on Spring Garden Street in front of the Vacc Bell Tower.
  • Posting photos and well-wishes on Twitter and Instagram during Commencement Day.
  • Following @uncg or #uncggrad Friday for tweets during the ceremony.