Brave Bulletin
Black Line Volume 10
June 1, 2009
No. 19
Black Line
Black Line

UNCP holds a record-setting commencement

Dr. Anthony Curtis
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 communications industry, 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 Association.

Cherry Beasley (Nursing) introduced Elliott and Dr. Leah Fiorentino (Education), dean, introduced Rep. McIntyre.

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 (Music).