More than 1,600 Spartans will turn their tassels at UNCG’s December Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. in the Greensboro Coliseum.

The university will award 1,236 bachelor’s degrees, 359 master’s degrees, 86 doctoral degrees and eight specialist in education degrees. Of those degrees, 40 will be awarded to international students.

UNCG Hayes Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr. Dianne H.B. Welsh will deliver the commencement address. A recognized scholar in family business, international entrepreneurship and franchising, Welsh is the founding director of UNCG’s Entrepreneurship Program and previously founded two entrepreneurship programs and centers.

Megan Conner, who will be awarded a PhD in nursing, will serve as the student speaker for the Class of 2015.

Burlington Industries Excellence Professor Dr. L. DiAnne Borders will serve as the faculty marshal and mace bearer, and human development and family studies major Krishnaveni Balakrishnan will be the tassel turner.

Senior biochemistry major Miranda Weavil, a university marshal and Spartans of Promise award winner, will ring the university bell alongside UNCG alumna Betty Hobgood Eidenier ’66.

The University Brass Ensemble will lead the graduates and attendees in “America the Beautiful” and the University Song.

Parking at the coliseum is free to participants and their guests. Individuals who are unable to attend can watch a live stream of the ceremony at

For more information, visit the Commencement Central website.


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

Photo of a spartan selfie sign

  • 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 the Elliott University Center, Minerva statue, Moran Commons and Shaw Residence Hall; on College Avenue near the Petty Science 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 and the ceremony.
  • Following @uncg or #UNCGgrad Thursday for tweets during the ceremony.