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Summer commencement coming Aug. 2

Summer commencement coming Aug. 2

On Thursday, Aug. 2, the University of North Georgia (UNG) will host a summer commencement ceremony celebrating more than 400 graduating students and featuring an address from Dr. Victoria Hightower, assistant professor of history at UNG.

The ceremony will honor graduates of all colleges, and will begin at 6 p.m. in the Memorial Hall Gymnasium on the university's Dahlonega Campus.

Hightower was selected for the Distinguished Professor Award by the North Georgia Dahlonega Alumni Shared Interest Group during Alumni Weekend 2016, held this April. She earned a master's degree in history from Florida State University in 2004 and another master's degree in near eastern studies from the University of Arizona in 2006. She earned her doctorate in Middle East History from Florida State in 2011, and her areas of expertise include Middle East history, Persian Gulf history, pearl trade, gender studies, environmental history, nationalism, and heritage studies.

Hightower works closely with the Office of Student Research and Scholarship, to identify, develop, mentor, and evaluate students applying for national scholarships, including the Pickering, Fulbright, and Boren awards. She has presented at conferences in the U.S., United Kingdom, Kuwait, and the United Arab Emirates on topics including pearling history and heritage, piracy, urban identities, the politics of state construction in the UAE, pre-modern medical techniques in the UAE, and the importance of E-books as a classroom tool.

Due to anticipated attendance, tickets are required for the commencement ceremony. Students who have applied for summer graduation can pick up graduation packets, which include their designated amount of tickets, at their home campus bookstore the week before graduation. Graduates are instructed to read through all information and instructions given in the graduation packets, and should arrive 45 minutes prior to graduation to prepare and line-up for the ceremony. Graduates and guests should also allow extra time for traffic and parking when arriving for ceremonies.

Overflow seating will be available in room 382 of the Library Technology Center.

Graduates and guests also are asked to share their success via social media using #UNG16grad; posts and photos using the hashtag can be viewed before, during and after the weekend's ceremonies at

Separate commissioning ceremonies will be held the same day for members of the Corps of Cadets entering the armed forces as second lieutenants. Individual commissioning ceremonies for 24 cadets will recognize their service and leadership, and formally mark their entry into the U.S. Armed Forces.

To find more information about summer commencement, including details and instructions for graduates and guests, visit UNG's commencement website.


Michael Marshall
Communications Specialist

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