Just under 1,650 students are expected to earn degrees at UNCG’s 2014 Winter Commencement. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, Dec. 11, in the Greensboro Coliseum.

Dr. Bruce Kirchoff, 2014 UNC Board of Governors Teaching Excellence Award recipient, will deliver the commencement address. Kirchoff, who specializes in plant evolution, joined UNCG’s Department of Biology in 1986.

Elizabeth Ann Doebler will speak for the Class of 2014. Doebler will receive the Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Performance with a concentration in choral conducting.

UNCG expects to award 1,646 degrees during the ceremony, including 1,232 undergraduate degrees, 331 master’s degrees, 12 Specialist in Education degrees, and 71 doctoral degrees. Of that total, 52 degrees will go to international students.

Four of the first UNCG Spartans of Promise — Kevin Wu, Jessica Straehle, Dustin Gamradt and Melvin L. Clark Jr. — are set to graduate Dec. 11. The new Spartans of Promise award recognizes graduating seniors for excellence in both academics and service;  it is given each year to no more than ten graduating seniors.

David Banks will be chief marshal. Robert Todd will be tassel turner.

Dr. L. DiAnne Borders, Counseling and Educational Development, will be faculty marshal and mace bearer.

Dr. Sue Medley , Class of 1965, and Melvin Clark, Class of 2014, will ring the university bell, a UNCG tradition. Clark is also a Spartan of Promise honoree.

Watch the commencement ceremeony live at http://reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video/.

For more details, visit UNCG’s Commencement Central web hub.