June 1, 2009
UNCP holds a record-setting commencement
Dr. Anthony Curtis, professor of Mass Communication and chair of the Faculty Senate
Seventh District U.S. Congressman Mike McIntyre encouraged graduates to temper freedom with responsibility.
Rep. McIntyre delivered the May 2 Commencement address on Lumbee Guaranty Field.
For Chancellor Meadors, it was his 10th spring commencement and his largest with more than 600 graduates. The crowd was estimated at more than 5,000.
Mary Ann Elliott, a pioneering
entrepreneur in the satellite
received a Doctorate of Humane
Letters during commencement
ceremonies. From Lumberton,
Elliott started an aerospace
company in her basement that
she turned into a $100 million
per year operation.
Among the more than 600
graduates, approximately123 received graduate degrees. It was the first time that the Irwin
Belk Sports Complex was home to Commencement.
In another first for commencement, Dr. Susan Cannata
(English) received the 2009 UNC Board of Governors Award
for Teaching Excellence. She served as grand marshal.
Offering remarks to graduates were Dr. Breeden Blackwell '68,
chair of the Board of Trustees; Floyd Locklear '86, president of
the Alumni Association; Clarice Cato Goodyear, a member of the
UNC Board of Governors; Dr. Tony Curtis (Mass
Communication), chair of the Faculty Senate, and Hannah
Simpson, outgoing president of the Student Government
Cherry Beasley (Nursing) introduced
Elliott and Dr. Leah Fiorentino
(Education), dean, introduced Rep.
Chancellor Meadors presided and Dr.
Charles Harrington (Academic Affairs), provost, presented the candidates for their
degrees. Music was directed by Dr. Timothy Altman (Music) and Dr. Gary Wright