About 2,500 graduates will receive degrees Friday, May 9, during UNCG’s spring commencement.

The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

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Dom Amendum, a 2001 graduate of the School of Music — now the School of Music, Theatre and Dance — will deliver the commencement address. Amendum has flourished as a music director on Broadway, working on such beloved shows as “Wicked” and “First Date.” He is currently preparing a musical version of “Secondhand Lions” for a Broadway run and is also launching a musical version of the 1980’s film “Heathers” off-Broadway.

The ceremony will mark some major firsts for the university.

Rabeah Rawashdeh and Joseph Estevez, the first graduates of the nanoscience PhD program in the Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN), will receive their degrees. JSNN, which opened in 2010, represents a partnership between UNCG, NC A&T and industries throughout the state. PhDs in nanoscience are awarded by UNCG.

Also graduating are the first UNCG Guarantee scholars. UNCG Guarantee, which enables talented students at or below the poverty level to graduate debt-free, began in fall 2010 funded by an anonymous $6 million gift to the university. That semester, UNCG admitted 35 Guarantee scholars.

Nine graduates of UNCG’s Beyond Academics program will also march at the ceremony. Beyond Academics is a four-year certificate program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

UNCG expects to confer 2,561 degrees at the ceremony, including 1,938 bachelor’s degrees, 555 master’s degrees, nine Specialist in Education degrees, and 59 doctoral degrees. Of this total, about 54 degrees will go to international students.

Dr. Daniel Winkler will be mace bearer. This will be his last ceremony after five years of carrying the mace.

Chief marshal is David Banks. Assistant chief marshal is Lauren West, and Caleb Hoover is assisting marshal.

Tassel turner is Sacia Listenbee.

Benoit Sabourin will speak for the Class of 2014.

Lindsay Ives, Class of 2014, and Anne Prince Cuddy, Class of 1964, will ring the university bell. Ringing the bell is a long-standing UNCG tradition.

Watch the ceremony live online at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/video.html.

Find more details on UNCG’s commencement at the university’s Commencement Central site.

Find contacts for information on departmental ceremonies here.