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Wide shot of graduates seated and a student celebrating while walking across stage
Wide shot of graduates seated and a student celebrating while walking across stage

UNC Greensboro will award approximately 1,975 earned degrees at the 2021 December Commencement and Doctoral Hooding ceremonies.

The Commencement Ceremony will be held Friday, Dec. 10, at 10 a.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum. The University’s Doctoral Hooding Ceremony will take place later that day at 3 p.m. at the Greensboro Coliseum.

The University plans to confer approximately 1,491 bachelor’s degrees, 350 master’s degrees, and 134 doctoral degrees. Of the degrees awarded, 80 will be conferred to international students. These figures represent students who received degrees in August as well as those who are completing their degrees in December.

Ben Folds will deliver the keynote address to the graduates at Friday’s ceremony. Folds is widely regarded as one of the major music influencers of our generation. He’s created an enormous body of genre-bending music that includes pop albums with Ben Folds Five, multiple solo albums, and numerous collaborative records. For over a decade he’s performed with some of the world’s greatest symphony orchestras, and currently serves as the first ever Artistic Advisor to the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center.

Elizabeth Labadens, who will graduate with a Master of Science in Nursing degree, will serve as the student speaker.

General seating at the Greensboro Coliseum is unlimited and is not reserved. Parking at the coliseum is free for all graduates and their guests, and parking permits are not required. Face coverings are required.

Park & Ride buses will be available to transport volunteers, students, staff, and faculty between campus and the coliseum on Friday. Buses will depart campus every 30 minutes beginning at 7 a.m., with the final shuttle returning to campus at 1 p.m. Passengers may board the bus on Stirling Street in front of Elliott University Center.

A live stream of Friday’s ceremony will be available for faculty, staff, family, and friends who are unable to attend in person. 

Graduates are invited to share their accomplishments on social media by using related “digital swag,” tagging posts #UNCGGrad, and using Commencement-themed Snapchat filters at the Greensboro Coliseum. The University will display #UNCGGrad-tagged Instagram and Twitter posts live before the ceremonies. 

Graduates are also invited to participate in Career & Professional Development’s First Destination survey designed to track where students get jobs, if they attend graduate school, and more. If graduates complete the survey before Dec. 10, they will receive a free alumni t-shirt. Sign-up and take the survey here.

To learn more, visit the Commencement Central website.

Photography by Jiyoung Park, University Communications

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