UNCW to Celebrate December Commencement for Class of 2014

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

Commencement ceremonies for the UNCW Class of 2014 will be held on Dec. 13 in Trask Coliseum.  More than 1,200 undergraduates as well as nearly 300 graduate students and 7 doctoral students are slated to participate in one of two ceremonies, which will be streamed live.

Saturday, December 13th Ceremonies

9:30 a.m. – Cameron School of Business, Watson College of Education and College of Health and Human Services. Guest speaker: Joseph Pino, President and Chief Executive Officer of South East Area Health Education Center

1 p.m. – College of Arts and Sciences. Faculty speaker: Professor Cara Cilano, UNCW Department of English. A Fulbright scholar, Cilano’s research focuses on Pakistani literature. She is the program director for a $1 million grant that the U.S. State Department recently awarded to UNCW to support a partnership with the International Islamic University, Islamabad.

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The Class of 2014 includes:

Emily Abney, a Spanish major from Castle Hayne, N.C., volunteered at a local elementary school as an ESL tutor, helping ease students’ transition into an English-speaking world.

Jacob VanCompernolle, an Honors College student from Texas, is a business major and one of the captains of the UNCW men’s soccer team. VanCompernolle, who led to the team to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, was named the Colonial Athletic Association’s Defensive Player of the Year. His father, Paul VanCompernolle, recently established the Harry and Jake UNCW Men’s Soccer Scholarship in Athletics in honor of his son and Harry Heaney, Head Men’s Soccer Coach Aidan Heaney’s son. 

Dierdre Parker, a non-traditional student and psychology major from Southport, N.C., is an author who founded a student poetry ensemble, Sisters Inspiring Souls To Attain Higher Success. SISTAHS opened the university’s 2014 Martin Luther King Jr. program featuring keynote speaker Nikki Giovanni.