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Photo of students clapping at commencement ceremony

More than 1,700 Spartans will be awarded degrees at UNCG’s December Commencement on Thursday, Dec. 15, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The degree total includes approximately 1,314 bachelor’s degrees, 363 master’s degrees, 76 doctoral degrees and six specialist in education degrees. Sixty-one of these degrees will be awarded to international students.

Additionally, Thursday’s ceremony will include the first graduates of the School of Nursing’s Veterans Access Program, an accelerated bachelor’s in nursing degree program for medically trained veterans.

UNCG’s Dr. Thomas Matyók, department chair and director of graduate studies in the Department of Peace and Conflict Studies, will serve as the commencement speaker. Matyók, who served in the United States Army for more than two decades, has been professionally involved in conflict resolution for over 35 years as a mediator, negotiator, facilitator, trainer, executive and conflict coach, dispute systems designer, researcher and professor. His research interests include strategic policy and securing U.S. interests in an era of persistent irregular and hybrid conflict, as well as the role of religion and religious actors in peacebuilding and conflict management.

Steven Michael Crowder, who will receive a master’s degree in liberal studies, will speak as the Class of 2016 representative.

Parking at the coliseum is free for graduates and their guests. Individuals who are unable to attend can watch a live stream of the ceremony at reg.uncg.edu/commencement-central/video.

For more information, visit the Commencement Central website.


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

  • Posting graduation photos, videos and well-wishes using #uncggrad.
  • Following @uncg or #uncggrad for tweets during the Commencement ceremony on Dec. 15.
  • Using our special Snapchat filters on the day of the event. 


Story by Alyssa Bedrosian, University Communications
Photography by Martin W. Kane, University Communications

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