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Office of the Registrar
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6298
Fax:
910.521.6328
Email:
registrar@uncp.edu

Location: Lumbee Hall, Room 133

School of Graduate Studies
PO Box 1510
Pembroke, NC 28372

Phone: 910.521.6271 or 1.866.521.GRAD (4723)
Fax:
910.521.6751
Relay:
1.866.521.GRAD (4723)
Email:
grad@uncp.edu

Location: Lindsay Hall, Room 124
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Congratulations Class of 2013!

The University of North Carolina at Pembroke will hold separate Commencement ceremonies for students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees. Approximately 533 undergraduate and 81 graduate students are expected to graduate.

Please refer to the links along the left side of the page for more information.

For general information about Commencement, please call 910.521.6275.

For information about tickets, please contact the Office of the Registrar at registrar@uncp.edu.

Relay: 910.521.6275 or 910.521.6298 (Registrar)

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UNDERGRADUATE STUDENT CEREMONY

The 2013 Winter Commencement will be held Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 10 a.m. in the main gym of the English E. Jones Health and Physical Education Center.

Approximately 533 undergraduate students are expected to graduate. Keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Ritter, a faculty member of UNCP's Chemistry and Physics Department and recipient of the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

Entrances to the main gym are located on the west and east sides of the Jones Center.

Parking is available on the west side of the Jones Center (via University Road), east of the James. B. Chavis University Center and east of the Dial Humanities Building (both accessible via Prospect/Odum Road). Handicapped parking is available on the west side of the Jones Center. A shuttle service will be available for those not parking in the handicapped parking area.

Please arrive early. Entrances to the main gym open at 8:30 a.m.

Overflow is in the lounge of the James B. Chavis University Center. Live video and audio will be available.

The UNCP Bookstore will be open from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Bookstore merchandise will also be available in the west lobby of the Jones Center in the Shaw-Howington Concessions stand from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Bring your commencement program by the Bookstore the day of Commencement for a one-time 10% discount on a purchase.

GRAD IMAGES will take a photo of each graduate during the ceremony. Information will be mailed after Commencement.

For more information about the undergraduate Commencement, contact the Office of the Registrar at 910.521.6298 or registrar@uncp.edu.


Schedule of Events

Undergraduates students are to meet in the auxiliary gym of the Jones Center by 8:30 a.m.

Faculty and administrators are to robe and line-up in the lobby of Lumbee Hall by 9 a.m.

The executive staff and Deans are to line-up in Jones Center room 1167 by 9 a.m.

The platform party and Board of Trustees are to line-up in Jones Center room 1167 by 9 a.m.

  8:30 a.m. Entrance to main gym opens for family and guests
  9:55 a.m. Entrance closes; Prelude by University Band
10:00 a.m. Processional of graduates, faculty, and platform party
   
  Commencement Speaker: Dr. Tim Ritter, a member of the faculty in UNCP's Chemistry and Physics Department and recipient of the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
   
  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the University Center Annex, adjacent to the Givens Performing Arts Center.


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GRADUATE STUDENT CEREMONY

The graduate student ceremony will be held Friday, December 6 at 7 p.m. in the Givens Performing Arts Center.

Approximately 81 students are expected to graduate. Keynote speaker is Dr. Tim Ritter, a faculty member of UNCP's Chemistry and Physics Department and recipient of the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.

Parking is available on the north and south sides of the Givens Performing Arts Center and the east of the James B. Chavis University Center, accessible via Odum Street/Prospect Road. Handicapped accessible parking is available in the lot directly east of the Chavis University Center and University Center Annex and the small lot north of Givens Performing Arts Center.

Please arrive early. Entrance to the auditorium open at 6:00 p.m. All guests should be seated no later than 6:45 p.m.

The UNCP Bookstore will be selling roses, balloons and greeting cards in the lobby of the GPAC, beginning at 6:30 p.m.

GRAD IMAGES will take a photo of each graduate during the ceremony. Information will be mailed after Commencement.

For more information about the graduate Commencement, contact the School of Graduate Studies at 910.521.6271 or grad@uncp.edu.


Schedule of Events

Graduate students are to meet in the Auxiliary Gym of the Jones Center by 5:45 p.m.

Faculty and administrators are to robe and line-up in the first floor of Lumbee Hall by 6 p.m.

Trustees, executive staff, and the platform party, including deans, are to line-up in room 1167 of the Jones Center.

6:00 p.m. Entrance opens for family and guests
6:55 p.m. Entrance closes; Prelude by University Band
7:00 p.m. Procession of graduates, faculty, and platform party
   
  Commencement Speaker: Dr. Tim Ritter, a member of the faculty in UNCP's Chemistry and Physics Department and recipient of the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Award for Teaching Excellence.
   
  A reception will immediately follow the ceremony in the University Center Annex, adjacent to the Givens Performing Arts Center.

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KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Dr. Tim Ritter

Tim RitterDr. Tim Ritter is the Grand Marshal and Commencement Speaker. A physics professor and director of the Pembroke Undergraduate Research and Creativity Center, he was named the recipient of the 2013 UNC Board of Governors Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Established by the Board of Governors in 1994 to underscore the importance of teaching across the university, the awards are given annually to a tenured faculty member from each UNC campus.

At a university that prides itself as a teaching institution, Dr. Ritter is an excellent choice to join for the award. In the 17 years that he has taught physics at the university, he has established a stellar reputation for teaching and service to the university and its students, said Dr. Kenneth Kitts, provost and vice chancellor for Academic Affairs.

“Tim Ritter is a very dedicated, engaging and successful professor,” Dr. Kitts said. “He has a terrific manner with students and is known for his accessibility and caring attitude. “Tim represents the best that UNCP has to offer our students.”

The hallmark of Dr. Ritter’s career has been consistency and dedication. Beginning 17 years ago as a judge for the Region IV Science and Engineering Fair, he is its co-director today.

More than 10 years ago, Dr. Ritter led the first team of UNCP students, dubbed the Weightless Lumbees, into NASA’s Reduced Gravity Student Flight Opportunities Program. Last spring, his seventh team flew with their experiment on NASA’s microgravity research aircraft in Houston, Texas.

His dedication also extends to his country. As a Commander in the U.S. Navy Reserves, Dr. Ritter has been called to active duty twice since 9/11 - once to Norfolk, Va., with NCIS and once to Iraq for a yearlong deployment as a military advisor. He has served a total of 21 years.

“Seventeen years at UNCP has flown by,” Dr. Ritter said. “It has been an interesting and exciting time here.”

One thrill that Dr. Ritter never grows tired of is the art of teaching abstract scientific concepts to science and non-science majors alike.

“I really enjoy teaching physical science,” he said. “I try to inspire my students and to make advanced concepts relevant to students’ every day lives. My greatest thrill is when they tell me about applying something they learned in class to a real life problem.

“When I accomplish this goal, that is when I feel I have given students what they deserve,” Dr. Ritter said. “Teaching is something you do because you love it.”

Dr. Ritter’s students, like 2007 graduate Megan Grimsley Smith, say that his door is always open for tutoring and advisement.

“His greatest assets are the positivity and encouragement he exudes,” Smith said. “He genuinely cares about students’ successes and struggles. He will continue to be a great role model and friend.”

Dr. Ritter received his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees in physics from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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BROADCAST

The undergraduate ceremoney will be broadcast live beginnig at 10 a.m. on WNCP-TV Channel 6 for Robeson County Time Warner Cable.

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WEBCAST

The undergraduate ceremoney will be webcast live online beginnig at 10 a.m. Watch the undergraduate ceremony live.

The undergraduate and graduate ceremonies are being recorded and will be available to view online after the conclusion of Commencement.

Archived webcasts of Commencement will be available after Commencement.

Please be patient while the video loads.

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Updated: Friday, December 6, 2013

 
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