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Watch the 2020 UNCG Virtual Commencement

View the 2020 Doctoral Recognition Ceremony beginning at 3 p.m. on Friday, January 15, 2021 and available thereafter.

Class of 2020 Masters & Undergraduate Celebration, December 11, 2020

The December 2020 Virtual Commencement Celebration includes 25 minutes of videos about UNCG for early visitors to the website to enjoy. You may jump right to the beginning of commencement by scrolling the video player forward to approximately 25 minutes. Both ceremonies were pre-recorded.

A Message From the Chancellor

Chancellor Frank Gilliam

Congratulations to the Class of 2020. I am incredibly proud of each and every one of you.

What a journey it has been since you arrived at UNC Greensboro whether as a first year, graduate, transfer, or online student. As individuals you’ve made lifelong friends, survived countless exams and papers (hopefully with a little help from Late Night Breakfast), and are earning a degree that will open doors for you. As a university community, we’ve grown – the 2020 class collectively is the largest class to ever graduate from UNCG. It is also one of our most academically excellent classes ever. You are made up of Phi Beta Kappa members, 30 members of this class have earned dual degrees, and more than 1,000 of you have earned cum laude, magna cum laude, or summa cum laude honors.

You are all the more impressive for accomplishing all of this during the pandemic. You persevered in the face of adversity. I personally do not know every obstacle, every impediment, nor every delay you have had to overcome to reach this point, but I do know this: You are second to none. You, this class from May, August, and December 2020, have demonstrated a kind of determination and persistence that will get you through life’s biggest challenges. You have shown tremendous resilience and the kind of compassion and sense of community that speaks well to our collective character – the character of the UNC Greensboro family.

As you progress from students to join a community of more than 132,000 UNCG alumni worldwide, know that the entire Spartan family celebrates your earned achievement with unabashed pride and enormous joy. Congratulations!

Warmest wishes,
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

Download Your Commencement Program

*The mailed commencement program is missing a few names; this electronic version of the commencement program is the most up to date and is the official version that will be submitted to University Archives.

Spotlight on the Class of 2020

Monica T. Davis

Master’s student Monica T. Davis is graduating from UNC Greensboro with an impressive resume: an MFA in interior architecture, a certification in preservation, a job at an award-winning architectural firm in Hawaii, and a legacy as a hometown history hero.

Read Monica’s full story…

Izzy Kitch

The theater world that will greet UNC Greensboro BFA Design and Technology graduate Izzy Kitch is very different than the one they expected to find when they started the program in UNCG’s School of Theatre two years ago.

Read Izzy’s full story…

Amanda Stewart

Senior Amanda Stewart had just returned from an unforgettable weekend at the Southern Conference Basketball Championships in Asheville.

As co-captain of the Spartan G’s Dance Team, she had spent the weekend performing, cheering on the Spartans, and hyping up the crowd.

Read Amanda’s full story…

Kyle Booker

Kyle Booker

For graduating master’s student Kyle Booker, the study of public history and historical resources is both looking back and looking forward.

“Figuring out who we used to be was a really big deal to me,” says. History has been transformative for him, in growing personally, in connecting him with people and their legacies, and in showing him how he can be a part of community growth.

Booker grew up in western North Carolina, in Asheville, where he visited the Biltmore Estate at least once a year. His father led tours on occasion and as a family they not only marveled at the majesty of the grounds and buildings but also contemplated the difficult moments in the history of the estate.

Read Kyle’s full story…

Irvin Maldonado

Irvin Maldonado

Picture this. An art major is working away on his photography project when suddenly a pandemic strikes. As his University moves fully online for social distancing, he has to return home and find a way to continue his coursework and art practice remotely.

UNC Greensboro senior Irvin Maldonado had to do just that.

“I usually need the lighting studio on campus. But I’ve shifted my approach to just going outside and video recording or photographing in my backyard,” he says.

Maldonado, part of the Class of 2020, is one of many students who have had to respond quickly to a changed world, and charge ahead with their coursework and artmaking. It hasn’t been easy, and there are challenges.

Read Irvin’s full story…

Messages from the Honorary Degree Recipients

Rhiannon Giddens

Doctor of Letters

Emmylou Harris

Doctor of Letters