“Official Teacher Status 2012,” “Thank God I Survived,” “Thanks UNCG,” “Blessed Beyond Any Measure” and “Take Care of All” were just a sampling.
Chancellor Linda P. Brady conferred 1,888 undergraduate degrees, 552 master’s degrees (including the first degree awarded by the new Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering), 33 education specialist degrees and 49 doctoral degrees.
Brady said UNCG is remarkable not only for academic excellence but for service. UNCG stands apart, she said, “for the difference our people make, for how the lessons learned are carried forward.”
Bonnie McElveen-Hunter was the commencement speaker. She is the founder and CEO of Pace Communications, former U.S. ambassador to Finland and current chairman of the American Red Cross
McElveen-Hunter recalled her own graduation from Stephens College in Missouri. Betty Friedan, feminist author of “The Feminine Mystique” gave the commencement address. Friedan told the students that “the only limitations on your success are self-inflicted.”
McElveen-Hunter took Friedan’s words and her mother’s lessons to heart. She vividly recalled driving to Greensboro in the 70′s in a powder blue Pinto, wearing a polyester pantsuit. Her checking account was overdrawn, but she had a plan to start a magazine for Piedmont Airlines. So Pace Communications was born.
By Michelle Hines
Photograph by David Wilson.