The university mace is polished. And faculty marshal and mace bearer Dr. Daniel Winkler is ready to lead the procession at commencement at the Greensboro Coliseum Friday, May 14.
At 10 a.m. sharp, he will receive a signal and he will step ahead, followed by the banner bearers for the individual schools.
What does it feel like as the processional music begins? “It’s a swell of honor and pride for the accomplishments for those who will be forever in the university community,” he said earlier this week. “The graduates transition from students to alums, and for a moment we are all joined in celebration.”
His term as faculty marshal began in fall 2009 and lasts five years.
“This is my first May ceremony, so it has particular meaning for me,” Winkler (Accounting and Finance) added.
Mystery novelist Margaret Maron will be the featured speaker at commencement.
Maron, who attended Woman’s College (now UNCG), will receive an honorary Doctor of Letters degree. Her speech is titled “Roads Taken and Not Taken.”
The university will present degrees at the undergraduate, master’s, specialist and doctoral levels. More than 2,300 students are candidates to complete degrees during spring semester.
Highlights of this year’s ceremony will include the first graduates from UNCG’s Doctor of Public Health and Doctor of Philosophy in Economics programs.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady will officiate. Class of 2010 student speaker is David E. Klein.
Also taking part in the ceremonies will be academic deans; Winkler, chief marshal Stephen C. Pritchard, and tassel turner Jessica Russo.
At the conclusion, JoAnne Smart Drane from the Class of 1960, one of the first African Americans to attend Woman’s College, and Margie Julia Wiggins, Class of 2010, will ring the University Bell. The Commencement Band and Chorus will provide music.
In conjunction with commencement exercises, the professional schools and many departments in the College of Arts and Sciences will hold diploma ceremonies. Visit the University Registrar’s Web site at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/Com/deptceremonies.html for a listing of departmental events and contacts.
For details, visit Commencement Central at http://www.uncg.edu/reg/CommencementCentral.html.
Visual: A scene from December’s commencement. Dr. Daniel Winkler is the mace bearer.